Ken Burns Jazz

Ken Burns Jazz

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by Billie Holiday
     
 

She sang in small taverns and private clubs, then in nightclubs, and finally on concert stages here and abroad. She sang of the hope of first love, she sang of the doom of lost love. She sang lyrics of celebration and of protest. No matter what she sang, or who backed her, no one who saw her perform, anywhere, ever forgot the experience. But no one today who hears… See more details below

Overview

She sang in small taverns and private clubs, then in nightclubs, and finally on concert stages here and abroad. She sang of the hope of first love, she sang of the doom of lost love. She sang lyrics of celebration and of protest. No matter what she sang, or who backed her, no one who saw her perform, anywhere, ever forgot the experience. But no one today who hears Billie Holiday's records remains unmoved either. Beyond her musical influence - on every stylist, male or female, in every popular music genre of the last sixty years - is her undiminished impact on listeners. Whether she wants to caress, charm, comfort, or chide, Billie Holiday is present today in every room where her voice is heard. There was only one Lady, and her inimitable delivery can make all other singers seem superfluous.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
In conjunction with the release of Ken Burns' ten-part, 19-hour epic PBS documentary Jazz, Columbia issued 22 single-disc compilations devoted to jazz's most significant artists, as well as a five-disc historical summary. Since the individual compilations attempt to present balanced overviews of each artist's career, tracks from multiple labels have thankfully been licensed where appropriate. That's especially nice in the case of Billie Holiday, who recorded excellent and essential work for Columbia, Commodore, Decca, and Verve. Since her signature numbers were also spread out over those labels, and since Ken Burns Jazz includes pretty much all of her best-known songs, this makes an excellent introduction and an even better single-disc retrospective. No previous Holiday compilation gathers her original recordings of "Strange Fruit," "God Bless the Child," "Gloomy Sunday," "Lover Man," and "Lady Sings the Blues." While the collection isn't quite perfect -- some might miss "Tain't Nobody's Business if I Do" or her cover of Bessie Smith's "Them There Eyes" -- it is the only one to draw from Holiday's entire output, and as such, it's truly a best-of.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/07/2000
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731454908122
catalogNumber:
549081
Rank:
27767

Tracks

  1. I Cried for You  - Billie Holiday
  2. What a Little Moonlight Can Do  - Billie Holiday
  3. Me, Myself and I  - Billie Holiday
  4. Without Your Love  - Billie Holiday
  5. Strange Fruit  - Billie Holiday
  6. Yesterdays  - Billie Holiday
  7. Some Other Spring  - Billie Holiday
  8. Solitude  - Billie Holiday
  9. God Bless the Child  - Billie Holiday
  10. Gloomy Sunday  - Billie Holiday
  11. I Cover the Waterfront  - Billie Holiday
  12. Trav'lin' Light  - Billie Holiday
  13. Lover Man  - Billie Holiday
  14. Don't Explain  - Billie Holiday
  15. Good Morning Heartache  - Billie Holiday
  16. Autumn in New York  - Billie Holiday
  17. Lady Sings the Blues  - Billie Holiday
  18. Fine and Mellow  - Billie Holiday
  19. You've Changed  - Billie Holiday

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billie Holiday   Primary Artist,Vocals,Spoken Word
Tony Scott   Piano
Danny Barker   Guitar
Phil Bodner   Woodwind
Casey   Guitar
Buck Clayton   Trumpet
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Freddie Green   Guitar
Urbie Green   Trombone
Tiny Grimes   Guitar
Chico Hamilton   Drums
Eddie Heywood   Piano
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Jo Jones   Drums
Jonah Jones   Trumpet
Barney Kessel   Guitar
John Kirby   Bass
Gerry Mulligan   Baritone Saxophone
Oscar Peterson   Piano
Flip Phillips   Tenor Saxophone
Specs Powell   Drums
Tab Smith   Alto Saxophone
Mal Waldron   Piano
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Wilson   Piano
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Lester Young   Tenor Saxophone
Cozy Cole   Drums
Bob Haggart   Bass,Conductor
Edmond Hall   Clarinet
Carl Kress   Guitar
Frankie Newton   Trumpet
Babe Russin   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Tutti Camarata   Conductor
Buddy Weed   Piano
Alvy West   Saxophone
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Stan Webb   Baritone Saxophone
Walter Page   Bass
Lois   Soprano (Vocal)
Bernard Addison   Guitar
Danny Bank   Woodwind
Emmett Berry   Trumpet
Larry Binyon   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Blowers   Drums
Lester Boone   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Dave Bowman   Piano
Ray Brown   Bass
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Harry Carney   Baritone Saxophone
Russ Case   Trumpet
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Paul Chapman   Guitar
Doc Cheatham   Trumpet
Vic Dickenson   Trombone
Eddie Dougherty   Drums
Ray Ellis   Conductor
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Chris Griffin   Trumpet
Joe Guy   Trumpet
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet
J.C. Heard   Drums
Milt Hinton   Bass
J.J. Johnson   Trombone
Osie Johnson   Drums
Phil Kraus   Percussion
Leo Kruczek   Violin
Lawrence Lucie   Guitar
Murray McEachern   Trombone
George Ockner   Violin,Concert Master
Romeo Penque   Woodwind
Jimmy Powell   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Janet Putnam   Harp
Hank Ross   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Dave Sawyer   Cello
Hymie Schertzer   Alto Saxophone
Artie Shapiro   Bass
John Simmons   Bass
Carson Smith   Bass
Bill Stegmeyer   Clarinet,Conductor,Alto Saxophone
Alvin Stoller   Drums
John Trueheart   Guitar
Sonny White   Piano
Kenneth Hollon   Tenor Saxophone
Larry Neill   Trumpet
Sammy Benskin   Piano
Herbert Cowans   Drums
David L. Newman   Strings
Harry Azen   Strings
Dan d'Andrea   Saxophone
Bernard Kaufman   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Mike Pingatore   Guitar
Jimmy Sherman   Piano
Joe Springer   Piano
Johnny Williams   Bass
Grachan Moncur   Bass
Monty Kelly   Trumpet
Skip Layton   Trombone
Elise Bretton   Soprano (Vocal)
Morris Lefkowitz   Violin
Armand Camgros   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Mace   Saxophone
Jimmy McLin   Guitar
Ernie Powell   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Haig Stephens   Bass
Stanley Payne   Tenor Saxophone
Jack Cressey   Alto Saxophone
George Serloff   Violin
Miriam Workman   Soprano (Vocal)
John Crosby   Spoken Word
King Guion   Saxophone
Sol Blumenthal   Strings
Don Waddilove   Trumpet
Charles Jaffe   Violin
Tom Mitchell   Trombone

Technical Credits

Jimmie Davis   Composer
Philip Bailey   Liner Notes
Jimmy Mundy   Arranger,Composer
Tutti Camarata   Arranger
Trummy Young   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Ken Burns   Executive Producer
Didier C. Deutsch   Discographical Information
Ervin Drake   Composer
Ray Ellis   Arranger
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Peter Keepnews   Liner Notes
John Lange   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Bill Carey   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Carl Fischer   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Pat Sweeting   Business Consultant
Ron Goldstein   Executive Producer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Ben Young   Discographical Information
Irving Gordon   Composer
Dan Fisher   Composer
Irene Higginbotham   Composer
Rezsö Seress   Composer
Fred Stryker   Composer
Carlos Kase   Discographical Information
John Christiana   Packaging Manager
Allan Roberts   Composer
Lauren Atlas   Packaging Manager
Clare Walker   Packaging Manager
Alvin Kaufman   Composer
Irene Kitchings   Composer
Lewis Allan   Composer
Jeff Jones   Executive Producer
László Jávor   Composer

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