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All or Nothing at All: The Billie Holiday Story, Vol. 7
     

All or Nothing at All: The Billie Holiday Story, Vol. 7

by Billie Holiday
 

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By 1955, Billie Holiday's voice reflected every second of her 40 hard-lived years. The spirited lilt of her classic recordings of the 1930s and 40s was gone, replaced by the unmistakable sound of disappointment and hurt. Holiday took that pain and transformed it all into poetry. Her superb timing and improvisational power in full force, she used her expressive

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By 1955, Billie Holiday's voice reflected every second of her 40 hard-lived years. The spirited lilt of her classic recordings of the 1930s and 40s was gone, replaced by the unmistakable sound of disappointment and hurt. Holiday took that pain and transformed it all into poetry. Her superb timing and improvisational power in full force, she used her expressive delivery and unvarnished tones to imbue the words to such standards as "Say It Isn't So," "Ill Wind," and "We'll Be Together Again" with a cut-to-the-bone intensity. Culled from three albums, ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL, SONGS FOR DISTINGUE LOVERS, and JAZZ RECITAL, this doubledisc of superior standards captures Lady Day working with celebrated players, tenor saxophonist Ben Webster and pianist Jimmy Rowles -- to make haunting music, as unsentimental as it's brutally affecting. This isn't the prettiest music Holiday ever produced -- just the realest.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
This two-disc set features some of Billie Holiday's top Verve performances from the mid-'50s. Over the course of 28 cuts, she runs the emotional gamut from summery optimism ("Love Is Here to Stay") to pathos-rich musings ("Ill Wind"). Befitting her perennial after-hours mood while at the label, the majority of songs here feature Holiday in a low-down mood of the highest order: her versions of "Moonlight in Vermont" and "A Foggy Day" are classics of the jazz vocal tradition. And the supporting cast isn't bad either, what with the likes of Harry Eddison, Barney Kessel, Ben Webster, and Jimmy Rowles tagging along. A gem.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/24/1995
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731452922625
catalogNumber:
529226

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Performance Credits

Billie Holiday   Primary Artist,Vocals
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Jimmy Rowles   Piano
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Larry Bunker   Drums
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Red Michell   Bass

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Norman Granz   Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Richard Seidel   Executive Producer
Don Clark   Liner Notes
Ying Huang   Art Direction
Lisa Po   Art Direction
John Blackburn   Composer
Karl Suessdorf   Composer

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