|Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be)|
|The song Lover Man was written in 1941 for Billie Holiday by Jimmy Davis, Roger Ramirez and James Sherman. Billie Holiday recorded the song in 1944 with it entering the charts 7 months later. Other notable recordings of the time were by Dizzy Gillespie and Sarah Vaughan, and Charlie Parker. I’ve included some of my favourites in my recommendations below.|
Album – Greatest Hits
I love the way Billie Holiday tells a story in the way she sings a song. One of the things I was always taught was that you should tell a story when you play music, and that doesn’t mean there has to be lyrics! That’s quite a difficult concept to get your head around until you listen to Billie Holiday interptret a song. I cover how to tell a story with your solos in my guitar lessons.
Joe Pass Neils-Henning Orsted Pederson
Album – Chops
Used to play a bit of bass myself and have always been blown away with Neils-Hennings’ playing. Great technical ability as well as melodic and rhythmic sense. As guitarists it’s great to listen to bass players to get inspiration for our own lines and there’s no better than Neils-Henning.
Album – Bird
I love Charlie Parker’s interspersed speed bursts placed inbetween the melody. If you’ve been playing very melodicaly then sometimes it’s just good to have a speed burst to mix things up!
Album – A Tribute to My Friends
Great duo playing at the start of this one between Oscar Peterson on the Piano and Joe Pass on the guitar.
Album – at the 5 Spot Cafe
A great bebop player, tremendous single line soloing in this version of Lover man.
|Which artist’s version of Lover Man would you recommend? Tell me about it and I can feature it here|