Billy Remembers Billie

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
At first glance, a CD of Billie Holiday tracks handpicked by comedian/actor Billy Crystal may seem an odd bird. However, given that Crystal's uncle, record producer Milt Gabler, produced most of the cuts included here, it actually makes more sense than many similarly themed albums with tracks picked by musicians. Thanks to the family connection, Crystal grew up surrounded by famous jazz musicians and developed a lifelong passion for the music -- especially the singing of Billie Holiday. Included here such iconic Holiday tracks as "Fine and Mellow," "God Bless the Child" and the landmark anti-lynching lament "Strange Fruit." These are the cuts that helped cement Holiday's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
At first glance, a CD of Billie Holiday tracks handpicked by comedian/actor Billy Crystal may seem an odd bird. However, given that Crystal's uncle, record producer Milt Gabler, produced most of the cuts included here, it actually makes more sense than many similarly themed albums with tracks picked by musicians. Thanks to the family connection, Crystal grew up surrounded by famous jazz musicians and developed a lifelong passion for the music -- especially the singing of Billie Holiday. Included here such iconic Holiday tracks as "Fine and Mellow," "God Bless the Child" and the landmark anti-lynching lament "Strange Fruit." These are the cuts that helped cement Holiday's persona as a soulful and brilliant vocalist with an utterly unique style. While there are other acceptable Billie Holiday compilations available, the personalized aspect of Billy Remembers Billie makes it a superb introduction to Holiday's singular oeuvre.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/11/2005
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602498648827
  • Catalog Number: 000377002
  • Sales rank: 204,123

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billie Holiday Primary Artist, Vocals
Tiny Grimes Guitar
Eddie Heywood Piano
Gordon Jenkins Conductor
Specs Powell Drums
Tab Smith Alto Saxophone
Bob Haggart Bass, Conductor
Carl Kress Guitar
Frankie Newton Trumpet
Bob Bain Guitar
Stan Webb Baritone Saxophone
Larry Binyon Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Blowers Drums
Toots Camarata Conductor
Russ Case Trumpet
Big Sid Catlett Drums
Doc Cheatham Trumpet
Lem Davis Alto Saxophone
Vic Dickenson Trombone
Eddie Dougherty Drums
Nick Fatool Drums
Joe Guy Trumpet
Armand Karpoff Viola
Leo Kruczek Violin
Bill Stegmeyer Alto Saxophone
Teddy Walters Guitar
Sonny White Piano
Paul Ricci Tenor Saxophone
Kenneth Hollon Tenor Saxophone
Kurt Reher Cello
Sammy Benskin Piano
Charlie LaVere Piano
Maurice Perlmutter Viola
Armand Camgros Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy McLin Guitar
Haig Stephens Bass
Stanley Payne Tenor Saxophone
Jack Cressey Alto Saxophone
Dick "Dent" Eckles Flute
George Serloff Violin
Johnny Williams & His Orchestra Bass
David Friscina Violin
Charles Jaffe Violin
Frank Siefiels Violin
Gordon Jenkins Singers Background Vocals
Hymie Shertzer Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Billy Crystal Producer, Liner Notes
George Gershwin Composer
Sigmund Romberg Composer
Eddie Heywood Arranger
Gordon Jenkins Arranger
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Billie Holiday Composer
Toots Camarata Arranger
Sammy Fain Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Milt Gabler Producer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Johnny Green Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Otto Harbach Composer
Arthur Herzog Jr. Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Irving Kahal Composer
Roger "Ram" Ramirez Composer
Roy Turk Composer
Jimmy Sherman Composer
Hollis King Art Direction
Arthur Johnston Composer
Bernie Fuchs Cover Illustration
Sam Coslow Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Neil Moret (Chas. N. Daniels) Composer
Ashley Kahn Liner Notes
L. Allen Composer
Seth Foster Mastering
Jimmy Davis Composer
Herman Hupfeld Composer
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