4. "It's a strange day when I'm agreeing with maxx" In response to Reply # 3
I can't stand her voice. Hate her tone, I just hear someone who couldn't sing who doesn't affect me emotionally. People all too readily buy into her story and tragedy of her life as a vindication of her "emotive" vocalising.
9. "People toss that word "legend" around like its copies of the Metro" In response to Reply # 7
I'm a big fan of Amy Winehouse, back when I had to get my stewardess friends to buy copies of her album because it wasn't released stateside. But legend? Jawn had 2 albums. Amazing singer, amazing voice, a lost talent...but that's about as far as I'd go. She definitely had more vocal range than Billie, but contraltos by default have more vocal range. You're right about Amy - she's playing in a box that Billie built. Same goes for Badu, later Mary J Blige, about 40,000 others. I'm hard pressed to think of any female singer who could possibly compete with what Billie does. She revolutionized what you could do with a song.
"Your current frequencies of understanding outweigh that which has been given for you to understand." Saul Williams
8. "Thats Fine By Me,,,," In response to Reply # 0
I've been on that "Miss Holiday Can't Sing" train before, but I came around when this hit me in the chest 12 years ago: http://youtu.be/xuzltUeITpw
When Miles Davis said that her singing influenced his playing, I could hear that. Both artists relied more with the subtle "less is more" technique. To me, she's still more soulful, more expressive and more gut wrenching with her lil' ol' one octave than the folks who shouted blood out of their throats.