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Lady Sings the Blues
     

Lady Sings the Blues

by Billie Holiday
 

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Taken from a pair of sessions taped during 1955-1956, Lady Sings the Blues finds Holiday in top form and backed by the sympathetic likes of tenor saxophonist Paul Quinichette, trumpeters Charlie Shavers and Harry Edison, pianist Wynton Kelly, and guitarists Kenny Burrell and Barney Kessel. And while these autumnal sides bear some of the frayed vocal moments

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Taken from a pair of sessions taped during 1955-1956, Lady Sings the Blues finds Holiday in top form and backed by the sympathetic likes of tenor saxophonist Paul Quinichette, trumpeters Charlie Shavers and Harry Edison, pianist Wynton Kelly, and guitarists Kenny Burrell and Barney Kessel. And while these autumnal sides bear some of the frayed vocal moments often heard on Holiday's '50s Verve sides, the majority here still ranks with her best material. This is especially true of the cuts from the June 1956 date, which produced unparalleled versions of "No Good Man," "Some Other Spring," and "Lady Sings the Blues." See why many fans prefer the "worn out" Holiday heard here to the more chipper singer featured on those classic Columbia records from the '30s.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2007
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0602517396883
catalogNumber:
000940102
Rank:
12944

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billie Holiday   Primary Artist,Vocals
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Chico Hamilton   Drums
Wynton Kelly   Piano
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Willie Smith   Alto Saxophone
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Aaron Bell   Bass,Bass Guitar
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Red Callender   Bass,Bass Guitar
Paul Quinichette   Tenor Saxophone
Willie "The Lion" Smith   Alto Saxophone
Bobby Tucker   Piano
Leonard Brown   Drums
Anthony Sciacca   Clarinet
Leonard Browne   Drums

Technical Credits

Herbie Nichols   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
James Oliver   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Norman Granz   Session Supervisor
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Harry Weinger   Reissue Producer
Herman Leonard   Cover Photo
Isabelle Wong   Reissue Design
Ann Ronell   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Dan Fisher   Composer
Sammy Gallop   Composer
Irene Higginbotham   Composer
James Mundy   Composer
Lewis Allan   Composer
Cameron Mizell   Reissue Production Coordination

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