For half a century, she was the “First Lady” , the first lady of jazz . Through her many records, she remains so. Irreplaceable and irreplaceable, she dominates all situations with a vocal technique that is all the more astonishing because it is constantly hidden behind a formidable authenticity and a disarming naturalness .
Too often considered the opposite of Billie Holiday , in her youth she had a very similar destiny. She simply knew, armed with a fierce will and a little luck, to overcome the hazards of life and avoid some pitfalls. With her warm voice, with its immediately identifiable timbre, she can sing everything, from simple joys to the torments of faded loves . She gives so much of herself that we can only love her madly.