Lady Day's 25 Greatest: 1933-1944

Lady Day's 25 Greatest: 1933-1944

by Billie Holiday


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Although she didn't technically have the greatest voice and range, the legendary Billie Holiday had an intangible ability to bring the full of her life to bear on whatever she sang, and every song she touched, no matter how trite, gained poignancy because of it. Modeling her vocal phrasing to echo the sound of a jazz horn, and fully aware of how to work a microphone, she continually suggested personal intimacy as she sang, even if the song she was singing was constructed to work in an entirely different direction. This approach means that one has to take the good Billie Holiday with the bad, and luckily there is plenty of the former. This set features tracks recorded between 1933 and 1944, and although it purports to include her 25 greatest sides, whether or not it actually does so could be easily debated (where, for instance, is "God Bless the Child"?). True, the wonderful "Fine and Mellow" is here, as is the eerie and unforgettable "Strange Fruit" and more generic but impressive cuts like "Easy Living" and "Long Gone Blues," so there is more than enough here to sustain her legend, but it isn't quite the be-all that the title suggests.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/19/1996
Label: Asv Living Era
UPC: 0743625518122
catalogNumber: 5181

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billie Holiday   Primary Artist,Vocals
Henry "Red" Allen   Trumpet
Buster Bailey   Clarinet
Bunny Berigan   Trumpet
Casey   Guitar
Buck Clayton   Trumpet
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Freddie Green   Guitar
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Jo Jones   Drums
Jonah Jones   Trumpet
John Kirby   String Bass
Gene Krupa   Drums
Oscar Pettiford   String Bass
Artie Shaw   Clarinet
Tab Smith   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Art Tatum   Piano
Jack Teagarden   Trombone
Claude Thornhill   Piano
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Wilson   Piano,Track Performer
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Lester Young   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Joe Bushkin   Piano
Cozy Cole   Drums
Carl Kress   Guitar
Benny Morton   Trombone
Frankie Newton   Trumpet
Babe Russin   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Teagarden   Trumpet
George Wettling   Drums
Ken Kersey   Piano
Walter Page   String Bass
Bernard Addison   Guitar
Artie Bernstein   String Bass
Barney Bigard   Clarinet
Larry Binyon   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Blowers   Strings,Drums
Dave Bowman   Piano
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Doc Cheatham   Trumpet
Shirley Clay   Trumpet
Lem Davis   Alto Saxophone
Vic Dickenson   Trombone
Eddie Dougherty   Drums
Herschel Evans   Tenor Saxophone
Carl Frye   Alto Saxophone
George Hunt   Trombone
Lawrence Lucie   Guitar
Dan Minor   Trombone
Hot Lips Page   Trumpet
Jimmy Powell   Alto Saxophone
Hymie Schertzer   Alto Saxophone
Cecil Scott   Multi Instruments
Kermit Scott   Tenor Saxophone
John Simmons   String Bass
John Trueheart   Guitar
Teddy Walters   Guitar
Earle Warren   Alto Saxophone
Buck Washington   Piano
Jack Washington   Alto Saxophone
Harold "Doc" West   Drums
Sonny White   Piano
John Williams [double bass]   String Bass
Paul Ricci   Tenor Saxophone
Dick McDonough   Guitar
Art Karle   Tenor Saxophone
Bernard Anderson   Trumpet
Prince Robinson   Tenor Saxophone
Cas de Marez   Trumpet
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Pete Peterson   String Bass
Jimmy McLin   Guitar
Haig Stephens   String Bass
Stanley Payne   Tenor Saxophone
Ed Lewis   Trumpet
Jack Cressey   Alto Saxophone
Allan Ruess   Guitar
Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra   Track Performer
Bob Moore   Trumpet
Toots Camarata & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Dave Harris   Tenor Saxophone
Kenneth Hollin   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Billie Holiday   Composer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Vic Bellerby   Liner Notes
David Flemming   Contributor
Charlie Crump   Contributor
Irene Kitchings   Composer
Lewis Allan   Composer

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