Ken Burns Jazz

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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 ...
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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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2000
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731454908122
  • Catalog Number: 549081
  • Sales rank: 3,844

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billie Holiday Primary Artist, Vocals, Spoken Word
Tony Scott Piano
Danny Barker Guitar
Phil Bodner Woodwind
Al 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 II 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 Jr. Composer
Peter Keepnews Liner Notes
John Lange Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Kevin Reeves Mastering
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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