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Billie Holiday Live

  • 1. Body and Soul
    2. Strange Fruit
    3. Trav'lin' Light
    4. He's Funny That Way
    5. Man I Love, The
    6. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You
    7. All of Me
    8. You Better Go Now
    9. You're Driving Me Crazy
    10. There Is No Greater Love
    11. I Cover the Waterfront
    12. Fine and Mellow
    13. Nice Work If You Can Get It
    14. Willow Weep for Me
    15. Lover, Come Back to Me
    16. Lady Sings the Blues
    17. What a Little Moonlight Can Do
    18. My Man
    19. I Wished on the Moon
    20. Lover Man
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 841434-2

  • Credits
    ProducerNorman Granz

    Personnel: Billie Holiday (vocals); Willie Smith (alto saxophone); Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Al Cohn (tenor saxophone); Joe Guy, Buck Clayton (trumpet); Tommy Turk (trombone); Tony Scott (clarinet); Milt Raskin, Bobby Tucker, Carl Drinkard, Mal Waldron (piano); Irving Ashby, Kenny Burrell (guitar); Red Callender, Carson Smith, Joe Benjamin, Milt Hinton (bass); David Coleman, Chico Hamilton, Jo Jones, Don Lamond (drums).
    Recorded live between 1946 and 1958. Includes liner notes by Max Harrison.
    Digitally remastered by Dennis Drake and Gert Van Hoeyen.
    This is part of Verve's Compact Jazz series.
    Personnel: Billie Holiday (vocals); Irving Ashby, Kenny Burrell (guitar); Tony Scott (clarinet); Willie Smith (alto saxophone); Coleman Hawkins, Al Cohn, Lester Young (tenor saxophone); Joe Guy, Buck Clayton (trumpet); Tommy Turk (trombone); Carl Drinkard, Mal Waldron, Milt Raskin, Bobby Tucker (piano); Chico Hamilton, Don Lamond, David Coleman, Jo Jones (drums).
    Liner Note Author: Max Harrison.
    Recording information: Carnegie Hall, New York, NY (04/22/1946-09/26/1958); Embassy Theatre, Los Angeles, CA (04/22/1946-09/26/1958); Freebody Park, Newport, RI (04/22/1946-09/26/1958); Oakdale Musical Theatre, Wallingford, CN (04/22/1946-09/26/1958).
    Because early live recordings very often don't have the same microscopic musical precision and sonic clarity available on studio recordings, sometimes a little imagination can go a long way. But for a singer of Billie Holiday's caliber--as this collection of live dates from the '40s and '50s demonstrates--very little imagining is necessary. For one thing, given the many indignities she suffered and missteps she took, hearing an adoring packed house hang on her every note brings an electricity and immediacy to the proceedings only an audience can provide. Not to mention the fact that these versions provide ample evidence that Holiday could pull off anything she ever did previously on record in live performance. BILLIE HOLIDAY LIVE features the sympathetic musical accompaniment of old friends Buck Clayton and Lester Young as well as up-and-coming lions Kenny Burrell, Chico Hamilton, and Mal Waldron.

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