Greatest Hits [Columbia/Legacy]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
There's something scandalous about the fact that this 13-song CD is, as of spring 2000, the only upgrade to date of Columbia Records' holdings on Billie Holiday. It's good as far as it goes, as part of Sony Music's 20-bit remastering of the highlights of its jazz catalog, but it makes one wonder how long listeners have to wait for the nine volumes of The Quintessential Billie Holiday to be upgraded for sound. These tracks were all recorded between July 2, 1935, and August 7, 1941; originally cut for Brunswick, Vocalion, and OKeh and now owned by Columbia, they represent highlights from her association with producer John Hammond. They feature Holiday working with Teddy ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
There's something scandalous about the fact that this 13-song CD is, as of spring 2000, the only upgrade to date of Columbia Records' holdings on Billie Holiday. It's good as far as it goes, as part of Sony Music's 20-bit remastering of the highlights of its jazz catalog, but it makes one wonder how long listeners have to wait for the nine volumes of The Quintessential Billie Holiday to be upgraded for sound. These tracks were all recorded between July 2, 1935, and August 7, 1941; originally cut for Brunswick, Vocalion, and OKeh and now owned by Columbia, they represent highlights from her association with producer John Hammond. They feature Holiday working with Teddy Wilson, Benny Goodman, Johnny Hodges, Roy Eldridge, and Ben Webster on the earliest tracks; an early hook-up with Artie Shaw; samples of her collaborations with Lester Young and Buck Clayton; the rest of the core of the Count Basie Orchestra working as Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra; and her renditions of "God Bless the Child," "Solitude," "Gloomy Sunday," and "Body and Soul" from the early '40s. It's fascinating to hear the sampling of material featured here and the gradual darkening of Holiday's voice over the six years covered by this collection. There are gaps, of course, and it's interesting that the notes, apart from saying precious little of substance about the music or the recordings, never explain what is not here or why "Strange Fruit," for example. This 13-song sampler is a decent overview of some highlights of her early work, with ample room for the soloists in her band, and a fine body of blues-influenced swing. Now if Sony would only go back and redo the rest of her catalogs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/31/2025
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646575765
  • Catalog Number: 65757

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billie Holiday Primary Artist, Vocals
Count Basie Piano, Leader
Bunny Berigan Trumpet
Al Casey Guitar
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Roy Eldridge Trumpet
Benny Goodman Clarinet
Freddie Green Guitar
Eddie Heywood Piano
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone
Jo Jones Drums
Jonah Jones Trumpet
John Kirby Bass
Pete Petersen Bass
Artie Shaw Clarinet
Tab Smith Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Wilson Piano
Lester Young Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Joe Bushkin Piano
Cozy Cole Drums
Edmond Hall Clarinet
Benny Morton Trombone
Babe Russin Tenor Saxophone
Walter Page Bass
Bernard Addison Guitar
Emmett Berry Trumpet
Lester Boone Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Harry Carney Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Paul Chapman Guitar
Eddie Dougherty Drums
Eddie Durham Trombone, Electric Guitar
Herschel Evans Tenor Saxophone
Carl Frye Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Hamilton Clarinet
J.C. Heard Drums
Lawrence Lucie Guitar
Dan Minor Trombone
Hot Lips Page Trumpet
Jimmy Powell Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Hymie Schertzer Alto Saxophone
Kermit Scott Tenor Saxophone
John Trueheart Guitar
Earle Warren Tenor Saxophone
Jack Washington Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Sonny White Piano
John Williams [double bass] Bass
Kenneth Hollon Tenor Saxophone
Dick McDonough Guitar
Herbert Cowans Drums
Jimmy Sherman Piano
Grachan Moncur II Bass
Count Basie Orchestra Track Performer
Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Ernie Powell Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Stanley Payne Tenor Saxophone
Ed Lewis Trumpet
Hal West Drums
Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra Track Performer
Bobby Hicks Trumpet
Margaret Johnson Piano
Technical Credits
John Hammond Sr. Producer
Billie Holiday Composer
Arthur Herzog Jr. Composer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Vic Anesini Engineer
Chris Athens Engineer
Inez Cavanaugh Liner Notes
Rezsö Seress Composer
Timme Rosenkrantz Liner Notes
Irene Kitchings Composer
László Jávor Composer
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