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Lady in Autumn: The Best of the Verve Years

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
There are many jazz lovers, even dedicated ones, who cannot afford to part with the 150 dollars or so that the ten-disc Complete Billie Holiday on Verve commands, so this two-disc distillation will do very nicely as a detailed summary of her troubled, soulful Verve period. Set out in chronological order with a mighty overreaching sweep, this mini-box covers virtually the entire period, with a generous helping of the JATP events of the 1940s, jumping a few years into the jazz all-star backings of the '50s and the 1956 Carnegie Hall concert, and closing with her heartbreakingly ravaged final sessions with Ray Ellis' string orchestra. Along the way, several Holiday ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
There are many jazz lovers, even dedicated ones, who cannot afford to part with the 150 dollars or so that the ten-disc Complete Billie Holiday on Verve commands, so this two-disc distillation will do very nicely as a detailed summary of her troubled, soulful Verve period. Set out in chronological order with a mighty overreaching sweep, this mini-box covers virtually the entire period, with a generous helping of the JATP events of the 1940s, jumping a few years into the jazz all-star backings of the '50s and the 1956 Carnegie Hall concert, and closing with her heartbreakingly ravaged final sessions with Ray Ellis' string orchestra. Along the way, several Holiday landmark tunes like "Don't Explain," "God Bless the Child," "Lover Man," "Fine and Mellow," and "He's Funny That Way" are revisited and reinterpreted from a bitter, life-worn perspective. But not all is stark tragedy, for life-affirming tracks like the 1957 "Stars Fell on Alabama" and "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You" add some balance to the picture. For very sensitive listeners, 128 minutes of Lady Day in her twilight years may well be all they'll need.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/1991
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 042284943420
  • Catalog Number: 849434
  • Sales rank: 55,287

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billie Holiday Primary Artist, Vocals
Tony Scott Clarinet, Piano
Billy Bauer Guitar
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Herb Ellis Guitar
Freddie Green Guitar
Chico Hamilton Drums, Track Performer
Budd Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Hank Jones Celeste
Wynton Kelly Piano
Barney Kessel Guitar
Red Mitchell Bass
Oscar Peterson Piano
Flip Phillips Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Rowles Piano
Ed Shaughnessy Drums
Willie Smith Alto Saxophone
Mal Waldron Piano
Charlie Shavers Trumpet
Lester Young Tenor Saxophone
Irving Ashby Guitar
Aaron Bell Bass
Cozy Cole Drums
Leonard Gaskin Bass
Gene Quill Alto Saxophone
Don Lamond Drums
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone
Al Cohn Tenor Saxophone
Joe Benjamin Bass
Ray Brown Bass
Larry Bunker Drums
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Red Callender Bass
Barry Galbraith Guitar
Joe Guy Trumpet
J.C. Heard Drums
Osie Johnson Drums
Joe Mondragon Bass
Lenny McBrowne Drums
Romeo Penque Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Janet Putnam Harp
Paul Quinichette Tenor Saxophone
Milt Raskin Piano
John Simmons Bass
Carson Smith Bass
Alvin Stoller Drums
Bobby Tucker Piano
Dave Coleman Drums
Carl Drinkard Piano
Tommy Turk Trombone
Technical Credits
Norman Granz Producer
Walter Gross Composer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Joel E. Siegel Liner Notes
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Neil Moret (Chas. N. Daniels) Composer
Lewis Allan Composer
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