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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
There is no end in sight to the debate over Billie Holiday's career as a vocalist: Is the essence of her art to be found in her early recordings for Columbia or in the recordings she made for Verve at the end of her short and, by all accounts, miserable life? The early work finds her in clearer voice and singing with energy and conviction, while in the later recordings her voice is ravaged, yet more soulful and perhaps more nuanced. In 1992 Verve made its case for the latter position by releasing a monumental ten-disc box set containing everything Holiday recorded for the company between 1945-1959, and simultaneously released this 16-track sampler as a palliative to those...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
There is no end in sight to the debate over Billie Holiday's career as a vocalist: Is the essence of her art to be found in her early recordings for Columbia or in the recordings she made for Verve at the end of her short and, by all accounts, miserable life? The early work finds her in clearer voice and singing with energy and conviction, while in the later recordings her voice is ravaged, yet more soulful and perhaps more nuanced. In 1992 Verve made its case for the latter position by releasing a monumental ten-disc box set containing everything Holiday recorded for the company between 1945-1959, and simultaneously released this 16-track sampler as a palliative to those who didn't have 150 dollars lying around. Nothing here will settle the argument for good, but this album does offer a good cross section of the latter part of her career, from the small-ensemble work with pianists Oscar Peterson and Jimmy Rowles to a nice performance of "All the Way" with an orchestra conducted by Ray Ellis. This probably should not be anyone's only Billie Holiday album, but it's a valuable, and at times moving, document of the end of a sad but illustrious career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/22/1992
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731451394324
  • Catalog Number: 513943
  • Sales rank: 37,996

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billie Holiday Primary Artist, Vocals
Tony Scott Clarinet
Billy Bauer Electric Guitar
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet, Tenor (Vocal)
Herb Ellis Electric Guitar
Freddie Green Guitar
Chico Hamilton Drums
Budd Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Hank Jones Piano, Cello
Wynton Kelly Piano
Barney Kessel Electric Guitar
Red Mitchell Bass
Joe Newman Trumpet, Tenor (Vocal)
Oscar Peterson Piano
Flip Phillips Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Rowles Piano
Ed Shaughnessy Drums
Willie Smith Alto Saxophone
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Shavers Trumpet, Tenor (Vocal)
Aaron Bell Bass
Cozy Cole Drums
Leonard Gaskin Bass
Joe Benjamin Bass
Benny Carter Alto Saxophone
Ray Brown Bass
Larry Bunker Drums
Kenny Burrell Electric Guitar
Red Callender Bass
Ray Ellis Conductor
Gus Johnson Drums
Osie Johnson Drums
Joe Mondragon Bass
Lenny McBrowne Drums
Romeo Penque Bass, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Janet Putnam Harp
Paul Quinichette Tenor Saxophone
John Simmons Bass
Alvin Stoller Drums
Billy Taylor Piano
Bobby Tucker Piano
Technical Credits
Chico Hamilton Contributor
Ray Ellis Arranger
Arthur Herzog Jr. Composer
Leroy Lovett Director
Lenny McBrowne Contributor
Cliff Preiss Producer
Peter Pullman Producer
Phil Schaap Producer, Remastering
Alvin Stoller Contributor
Michael Bays Art Direction
Tom "Curly" Ruff Remastering
Brooks Bowman Composer
Irene Kitchings Composer
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