Anyone who is unfamiliar with Billie Holiday's life story but wants to learn about the jazz icon will likely not get as much out of "Jazz Memories: The Genius of Lady Day" as those who are better educ

Anyone who is unfamiliar with Billie Holiday's life story but wants to learn about the jazz icon will likely not get as much out of "Jazz Memories: The Genius of Lady Day" as those who are better educated about her background. The documentary is light on narration and does not contain commentary from Holiday scholars, instead relying on still photography and performance footage to tell her history. The DVD is more of an audio and visual scrapbook that aficionados will appreciate for the 14 rare TV and film clips it counts among its special features. They include Holiday's scenes in the film "New Orleans" and a musical short with Count Basie & His Sextet. The years haven't been kind to some of the footage, but that doesn't distract from Lady Day's genius. Her unique voice is particularly potent while performing the brooding "Strange Fruit"; her mournful warbling makes this song about lynching even more chilling. - CLT