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Ken Burns Jazz [Billie Holiday]
1. I Cried for You
2. What a Little Moonlight Can Do
3. Me, Myself and I
4. Without Your Love
5. Strange Fruit
7. Some Other Spring
9. God Bless the Child
10. Gloomy Sunday
11. I Cover the Waterfront
12. Trav'lin' Light
13. Lover Man
14. Don't Explain
15. Good Morning Heartache
16. Autumn in New York
17. Lady Sings the Blues
18. Fine and Mellow
19. You've Changed
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 549081
Personnel includes: Billie Holiday (vocals); Toots Camarata (conductor); Johnny Hodges, Tab Smith (alto saxophone); Ben Webster, Lester Young, Flip Phillips, Coleman Hawkins (tenor saxophone); Harry Carney, Gerry Mulligan (baritone saxophone); Roy Eldridge, Buck Clayton, Charlie Shavers, Joe Guy, Doc Cheatham (trumpet); Urbie Green, J.J. Johnson (trombone); Benny Goodman (clarinet); Teddy Wilson, Eddie Heywood, Oscar Peterson, Mal Waldron (piano); John Trueheart, Freddie Green, Tiny Grimes, Barney Kessel, Kenny Burrell (guitar); John Kirby, Walter Page, Ray Brown, Milt Hinton (bass); Cozy Cole, Jo Jones, J.C. Heard, Sid Catlett, Alvin Stoller, Chico Hamilton, Osie Johnson (drums).
Compilation producers: Richard Seidel, Ben Young.
Recorded between 1935 and 1958. Includes liner notes by Phil Bailey.
Digitally remastered by Kevin Reeves (Universal Mastering Studios-East).
This is part of the Verve Records Ken Burns JAZZ series.
Personnel: Billie Holiday (vocals, spoken vocals); Elise Bretton, Lois, Miriam Workman (soprano); John Crosby (spoken vocals); Mike Pingatore, Danny Barker , Freddie Green, Lawrence Lucie, Paul Chapman, John Trueheart, Kenny Burrell, Tiny Grimes, Barney Kessel, Barry Galbraith, Bernard Addison, Al Casey , Jimmy McLin, Carl Kress (guitar); Janet Putnam (harp); Leo Kruczek, George Ockner, Charles Jaffe, George Serloff, Morris Lefkowitz (violin); Dave Sawyer (cello); Harry Azen, David L. Newman , Sol Blumenthal (strings); Bill Stegmeyer (clarinet, alto saxophone); Armand Camgros, Hank Ross , Bernard Kaufman, Babe Russin (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Edmond Hall, Jimmy Hamilton, Benny Goodman (clarinet); Danny Bank, Phil Bodner, Romeo Penque (woodwinds); King Guion, Tommy Mace, Dan d'Andrea, Alvy West (saxophone); Lester Boone, Ernie Powell, Jimmy Powell (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Jack Cressey, Johnny Hodges, Tab Smith, Hymie Schertzer (alto saxophone); Coleman Hawkins, Stanley Payne, Larry Binyon, Flip Phillips, Kenneth Hollon, Lester Young , Ben Webster (tenor saxophone); Gerry Mulligan, Harry Carney, Stan Webb (baritone saxophone); Chris Griffin , Doc Cheatham, Don Waddilove, Emmett Berry, Frankie Newton, Larry Neill, Joe Guy, Jonah Jones, Monty Kelly , Roy Eldridge, Russ Case, Buck Clayton, Charlie Shavers (trumpet); J.J. Johnson , Skip Layton, Murray McEachern, Tom Mitchell , Urbie Green, Vic Dickenson (trombone); Eddie Heywood, Joe Springer , Buddy Weed, Dave Bowman , Jimmy Sherman, Mal Waldron, Oscar Peterson, Sammy Benskin, Sonny White, Teddy Wilson, Tony Scott (piano); Chico Hamilton, Cozy Cole, Eddie Dougherty, Herbert Cowans, J.C. Heard, Jo Jones , Alvin Stoller, Osie Johnson, Big Sid Catlett, Specs Powell, Johnny Blowers (drums); Phil Kraus (percussion).
Liner Note Authors: Peter Keepnews; Philip Bailey.
Recording information: 07/02/1935-02/21/1958.
Photographers: Frank Driggs; Paul J. Hoeffler; Lee Tanner.
Arrangers: Jimmy Mundy; Ray Ellis; Tutti Camarata.
Whatever gripes one may have with the short shrift given post-bebop jazz in Ken Burns's ten-part TV documentary JAZZ, he took great care in presenting the work of jazz's early pioneers, even to the extent of releasing a series of compilations by jazz figureheads that achieved a cross-licensing coup previously unimagined. For Holiday and the other jazz greats covered in these discs, the entirety of their career is sampled, regardless of the record label.
Thus, this collection affords us the opportunity of hearing everything from "Lover Man" to "Autumn in New York," and moving from Decca to Verve recordings with impunity. As is the case with many of the other compilations in this series, if you're looking for a single disc that represents all the phases of the artist's career, this is probably it.
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