Blue Billie [Columbia]

Blue Billie [Columbia]

by Billie Holiday
     
 
The amount of actual blues that Billie Holiday sang wouldn’t fill half a CD, but it’s undeniable that this magnificent jazz singer brought a blues feeling to much of what she sang. This enjoyable compilation collects many of Holiday’s authentic blues performances -- “Long Gone Blues,” “Billie’s Blues,” -- along with standards that are more than touched by her

Overview

The amount of actual blues that Billie Holiday sang wouldn’t fill half a CD, but it’s undeniable that this magnificent jazz singer brought a blues feeling to much of what she sang. This enjoyable compilation collects many of Holiday’s authentic blues performances -- “Long Gone Blues,” “Billie’s Blues,” -- along with standards that are more than touched by her interjection of the blues vocabulary, including “Night and Day,” “I Cover the Waterfront,” “Moanin’ Low,” and “Am I Blue?” Along for the ride are such brilliant sides as “God Bless the Child,” “You Let Me Down,” “Ghost of Yesterday,” and “Body and Soul.” Though one could pick dozens of other Holiday performances that are equally tinged with the blues, that would not detract from the validity of this selection -- you just can’t go wrong hearing these vocal jewels again. Like everything Holiday put her heart and soul into, these performances are as affecting today as they will be 100 years from now.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Blue Billie collects some of the legendary songstress' best-known ballads and blues-inflected songs, including "Gloomy Sunday," "Billie's Blues," "Am I Blue?," and "God Bless the Child." Culled from the Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia box set, this compilation offers a more focused -- and, arguably, manageable -- look at the way Holiday brought her own personal experiences to her work. "Long Gone Blues," "Why Was I Born?," "Moanin' Low," and the other tracks here are beautifully painful and painfully beautiful expressions of Holiday's talent. A casual or new fan looking to explore the brooding side of her work would be wise to investigate Blue Billie.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/30/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998597723
catalogNumber:
85977

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billie Holiday   Primary Artist,Vocals
Buster Bailey   Clarinet
Bunny Berigan   Trumpet
Casey   Guitar
Buck Clayton   Trumpet
Bill Coleman   Trumpet
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Freddie Green   Guitar
Eddie Heywood   Piano
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Jo Jones   Drums
John Kirby   String Bass
Artie Shaw   Clarinet
Tab Smith   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Claude Thornhill   Piano
Teddy Wilson   Piano
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Lester Young   Tenor Saxophone
Dave Barbour   Guitar
Joe Bushkin   Piano
Cozy Cole   Drums
Benny Morton   Trombone
Babe Russin   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Joe Sullivan   Piano
Joe Thomas   Tenor Saxophone
Grachan Moncur   String Bass
Ken Kersey   Piano
Walter Page   String Bass
Georgie Auld   Tenor Saxophone
Benny Carter   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Emmett Berry   Trumpet
Lester Boone   Alto Saxophone
Harry Carney   Baritone Saxophone
Paul Chapman   Guitar
Eddie Dougherty   Drums
Gene Fields   Guitar
Carl Frye   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet
J.C. Heard   Drums
Ulysses Livingston   Guitar
Lawrence Lucie   Guitar
Tom Mace   Clarinet
Carmen Mastren   Guitar
Wilson Myers   String Bass
Hot Lips Page   Trumpet
Yank Porter   Drums
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Hymie Schertzer   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Kermit Scott   Tenor Saxophone
Alphonse Steele   Drums
Earle Warren   Alto Saxophone
Jack Washington   Alto Saxophone
Sonny White   Piano
John Williams   String Bass
Dick McDonough   Guitar
Richard Clarke   Trumpet
Pete Peterson   String Bass
Jimmy McLin   Guitar
Ernie Powell   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Stanley Payne   Tenor Saxophone
Hal West   Drums
John "Buddy" Williams   String Bass
Joe "Cornbread" Thomas   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Jerome Kern   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Joseph F. Laredo   Liner Notes
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Don Peterson   Contributor
J.C. Jones   Composer
Harry Akst   Composer
Grant Clarke   Composer
Rezsö Seress   Composer
Irene Kitchings   Composer
David Lee   Composer
Abe Vélez   Packaging Manager
Lee David   Composer
László Jávor   Composer
John Redmond   Composer

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