Early Lady Day: 1933-1937

Early Lady Day: 1933-1937

by Billie HolidayBillie Holiday


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The first four years of Billie Holiday's recording career saw her progress from mere studio vocalist (possessing clear talent but rarely given the material or the space to show it on record) to the leader of her own orchestra and, through her association with Teddy Wilson, owner of the best reputation in vocal jazz. This excellent compilation from Allegro presents her finest material from this period, nearly all of it recorded between 1935 and 1937 with Wilson and an array of jazz luminaries including Lester Young, Ben Webster, Buck Clayton, Bunny Berigan, and Wilson himself on piano. Slightly sunnier early in her career than she'd become by the end of the '30s, Holiday rhapsodizes over a trio of Fields/McHugh chestnuts: "A Fine Romance," "I Can't Give You Anything but Love," and "I Must Have That Man." The compilers, however, ensured plenty of time for the darker side of Holiday's performing persona, including "Billie's Blues" and "Mean to Me."

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2003
Label: Jazz Legends
UPC: 0723724568723
catalogNumber: 2005

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billie Holiday   Primary Artist,Vocals,Soloist
Buster Bailey   Clarinet
Bunny Berigan   Trumpet
Chu Berry   Tenor Saxophone
Buck Clayton   Trumpet
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet,Soloist
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Freddie Green   Guitar
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Jo Jones   Drums
Jonah Jones   Trumpet
John Kirby   Bass
Gene Krupa   Drums
Jack Teagarden   Trombone
Claude Thornhill   Piano
Teddy Wilson   Piano
Lester Young   Tenor Saxophone
Dave Barbour   Guitar
Cozy Cole   Drums
Irving Fazola   Clarinet
Edmond Hall   Clarinet
Benny Morton   Trombone
Vido Musso   Clarinet
Charlie Teagarden   Trumpet
Walter Page   Bass
Artie Bernstein   Bass
Shirley Clay   Trumpet
Clyde Hart   Piano
Milt Hinton   Bass
Hilton Jefferson   Alto Saxophone
Lawrence Lucie   Guitar
Carmen Mastren   Guitar
Irving "Mouse" Randolph   Trumpet
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Cecil Scott   Clarinet
Alphonse Steele   Drums
John Trueheart   Guitar
Buck Washington   Piano
Dick McDonough   Guitar
Art Karle   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Sherman   Piano
Pete Peterson   Bass
Joe "Cornbread" Thomas   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
John Hammond   Producer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Dorothy Parker   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
J.C. Johnson   Composer
John Lange   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Roy Turk   Composer
Scott Yanow   Liner Notes,Track Compilation
Teddy Powell   Composer
Matty Malneck   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Irving Gordon   Composer
Harry Woods   Composer
Edgar Leslie   Composer
Neil Moret (Chas. N. Daniels)   Composer
Peter Tinturin   Composer
Walter Samuels   Composer
Fred Stryker   Composer
Leonard Whitcup   Composer
Mann Holiner   Composer
Alberta Nichols   Composer
Allan Roberts   Composer
Joe Burke   Composer
Alvin Kaufman   Composer

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