CD Verve Jazz Masters 12: Billie Holiday (CD 976490),
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Verve Jazz Masters 12: Billie Holiday
1. What a Little Moonlight Can Do
2. P.S. I Love You
3. Blue Moon
5. God Bless the Child
7. Lover, Come Back to Me
8. Some Other Spring
9. Nice Work If You Can Get It
10. Willow Weep for Me
11. All or Nothing at All
12. Autumn in New York
13. Fine Romance, A
14. Good Morning Heartache
15. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
16. Speak Low
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 314-519825-2
Personnel: Billie Holiday (vocals); Willie Smith, Benny Carter (alto saxophone); Flip Phillips, Paul Quinichette, Ben Webster (tenor saxophone); Charlie Shavers, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Joe Newman (trumpet); Tony Scott (clarinet); Oscar Peterson (piano, organ); Bobby Tucker, Wynton Kelly, Jimmy Rowles (piano); Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel, Kenny Burrell, Freddie Green (guitar); Ray Brown, Aaron Bell, John Simmons, Joe Mondragon, Red Callender, Red Mitchell, Joe Mondragon (bass); Ed Shaughnessy, Alvin Stoller, Lennie McBrowne, Larry Bunker, Chico Hamilton, Gus Johnson (drums).
Producer: Norman Granz.
Compilation producer: Michael Lang.
Recorded between 1952 and 1956. Includes liner notes by Jessica Raimi.
Digitally remastered by Suha Gur (Polygram Studios).
This is part of the Verve Jazz Masters series.
Personnel: Billie Holiday (vocals); Freddie Green, Herb Ellis, Kenny Burrell, Barney Kessel (guitar); Tony Scott (clarinet); Willie Smith, Benny Carter (alto saxophone); Flip Phillips, Paul Quinichette, Ben Webster (tenor saxophone); Harry "Sweets" Edison, Joe Newman , Charlie Shavers (trumpet); Oscar Peterson (piano, organ); Jimmy Rowles, Wynton Kelly, Bobby Tucker (piano); Chico Hamilton, Lenny McBrowne, Gus Johnson , Larry Bunker, Alvin Stoller, Ed Shaughnessy (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Phil Schaap.
Liner Note Author: Jessica Raimi.
Recording information: Los Angeles, CA (??/??/1952-08/18/1956); New York, NY (??/??/1952-08/18/1956).
Editor: Peter Pullman.
Photographer: Paul J. Hoeffler.
Throughout her illustrious and tragic career, Billie Holiday always surrounded herself in the recording studio with the best players in the business, and this CD is no exception. In spite of her diminished technique and limited range in later years, Holiday's teamings with small combos that swung gleefully, laid back graciously, and chose notes expertly usually brought out the best in all concerned. With a liberal sprinkling of tunes written (Ann Ronell) or co-written (Dorothy Fields, Irene Higginbotham, Irene Kitchings) by women (sisterhood being something that was important to her), this compilation of Verve recordings from the '50s mixes up swing tunes and ballads for a fine set. Highlights include what she once called her favorite tune, "Some Other Spring"; the loping, bluesy and lyrical "Willow Weep for Me"; and her own indelible "God Bless the Child."
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