Dee Dee Bridgewater constantly surprises her audience with new projects. In recent years, for example, she was completely captivated by Mali, resulting in a project and album entitled Red Earth (2007). Prior to this, the singer (who was born Denise Garret in 1950) had presented similar initiatives revolving around Horace Silver, Ella Fitzgerald, Kurt Weill and Duke Ellington. And now it's Billie Holiday's turn. The title of Bridgewater's new album - which is also linked to a tour - shows that she wanted to choose a special approach. The album is entitled Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959), referring to the real name of Billie Holiday. "I wanted to make a modern album, not something dark, somber and tearful. It had to be an album full of joy." Her pianist Edsel Gomez played a key role: he arranged all the numbers.