Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter Laila Biali has shared a cover of Joni Mitchell’s heart-stirring song A Case of You in an exclusive premiere with JAZZ.FM91.
The Canadian pianist and vocalist is joined by George Koller on bass and her husband Ben Wittman on djembe for this intimate acoustic rendition of Mitchell’s classic love song from 1971.
The performance was filmed and recorded live off the floor at Revolution Recording Studios in Toronto.
Watch the video below.
“My first experience hearing Joni Mitchell’s music was when I was still a music student at Humber College,” Biali recalls. “Hejira and Mingus were the obvious starting point for a jazz novice as much interested in the musicians accompanying Joni as in Joni herself. But then along came Blue. That was the one, the album that triggered a lifelong fascination with Joni and her songwriting. She made my heart ache with every feeling — love and loss in the same breath. No song captures that more for me than A Case of You. I think it’s the ultimate Valentine’s song because it can reach you no matter where you’re at — whether you’re in love, longing for it, or mourning it.”
Known for her masterful mix of jazz and pop, Biali won a Juno Award for her self-titled album released in 2018. She then followed it up with Out of Dust, which was named one of JAZZ.FM91’s top albums of 2020.
Biali’s recording of A Case of You can also be found here to add it to your library on your favourite streaming platform.