The Complete Commodore & Decca Masters

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Although many of Billie Holiday's recordings for Commodore and Decca are often overlooked -- at least in comparison to the songs that bookend her career (for Columbia and Verve) -- they include some of her best work, beginning at the end of the '30s with "Strange Fruit" and stretching to the end of the '40s with "God Bless the Child." In 1939, Billie Holiday was a jazz sensation without a hit record. She gained that hit record, and began her journey to musical immortality, when her label Columbia refused to record "Strange Fruit," and jazz fan Milt Gabler welcomed her to his aficionado label, Commodore. Gabler recorded Holiday often over the next ten years, both at Commodore ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
Although many of Billie Holiday's recordings for Commodore and Decca are often overlooked -- at least in comparison to the songs that bookend her career (for Columbia and Verve) -- they include some of her best work, beginning at the end of the '30s with "Strange Fruit" and stretching to the end of the '40s with "God Bless the Child." In 1939, Billie Holiday was a jazz sensation without a hit record. She gained that hit record, and began her journey to musical immortality, when her label Columbia refused to record "Strange Fruit," and jazz fan Milt Gabler welcomed her to his aficionado label, Commodore. Gabler recorded Holiday often over the next ten years, both at Commodore and through his work at Decca in the mid-to late '40s. While on Commodore, Holiday focused on downcast ballads, including "I Cover the Waterfront" and "I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues" (dubbed "loser" songs by Gabler), but she also excelled with warm and affectionate material too, "Embraceable You" and "On the Sunny Side of the Street." Regardless of the material, her backing consisted of small groups usually led by a pair of saloon-sound maestros: Doc Cheatham on trumpet and Eddie Heywood on piano. That sound was in for a switch when Holiday moved to Decca, however, beginning with another big hit, "Lover Man," a pop ballad with the full crossover treatment -- strings and all. (Gabler had no compunction about false notions of purity, and he happily recorded Holiday with strings and backing choruses whenever the song demanded it.) Even more than her work for Commodore, Holiday's work for Decca was melancholy and resigned in the extreme, with sterling treatments of yet more loser songs: "Don't Explain," "Good Morning Heartache," "You Better Go Now," and "What Is This Thing Called Love." Individually, the songs are excellent, and as a package, The Complete Commodore & Decca Masters can hardly be beat. It's a splendid accompaniment to similar sets devoted to Billie Holiday's Columbia and Verve output, and while completists will bemoan the lack of the many alternate takes -- most of the Commodore sides have two alternate takes for each master recording, available elsewhere -- this is all the war-years Billie Holiday one could hope for.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/10/2009
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 602527109978
  • Catalog Number: 001314602
  • Sales rank: 60,916
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billie Holiday Primary Artist, Vocals
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Tiny Grimes Guitar
Bobby Hackett Trumpet
Eddie Heywood Piano
Budd Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Mundell Lowe Guitar
Specs Powell Drums
Tab Smith Alto Saxophone
Lester Young Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Barefield Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Billy Butterfield Trumpet
Cozy Cole Drums
Bob Haggart Bass
Horace Henderson Piano
Al Klink Alto Saxophone
Carl Kress Guitar
Bernie Leighton Piano
Johnny Mince Alto Saxophone
Frankie Newton Trumpet
George Wettling Drums
Bob Bain Guitar
Stan Webb Baritone Saxophone
George Duvivier Bass
Louis Armstrong Vocals
Everett Barksdale Guitar
Tom Barney Bass
Joe Benjamin Bass
Emmett Berry Trumpet
Denzil Best Drums
Larry Binyon Tenor Saxophone
Wallace Bishop Drums
Johnny Blowers Guitar, Drums
Toots Camarata Guitar
Russ Case Trumpet
Big Sid Catlett Drums
Henderson Chambers Trombone
Doc Cheatham Trumpet
Kenny Clarke Drums
Shad Collins Trumpet
Sid Cooper Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Crawford Drums
Lem Davis Alto Saxophone
Vic Dickenson Trombone
Bob Dorsey Tenor Saxophone
George Dorsey Alto Saxophone
Eddie Dougherty Drums
Nick Fatool Drums
Joe Guy Trumpet
Leo Kruczek Violin
Billy Kyle Piano
Jack Lesberg Bass
Kelly Martin Drums
George Matthews Trombone
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello Alto Saxophone
Sol Moore Baritone Saxophone
Tony Mottola Guitar
Jimmy Nottingham Trumpet
Rudy Powell Alto Saxophone
Bernie Privin Trumpet
Hymie Schertzer Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Shirley Guitar
John Simmons Bass
Bill Stegmeyer Clarinet, Strings, Alto Saxophone
Bobby Tucker Piano
Dick Vance Trumpet
Teddy Walters Guitar
Dicky Wells Trombone
Sonny White Piano
John Williams [double bass] Bass
Shadow Wilson Drums
Milt Yaner Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Paul Ricci Tenor Saxophone
Kenneth Hollon Tenor Saxophone
Kurt Reher Cello
Sammy Benskin Piano
Tony Faso Trumpet
John Fulton Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Bernard Kaufman Tenor Saxophone
Charlie LaVere Piano
Maurice Perlmutter Viola
Joe Springer Piano
George Stevenson Trombone
Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra Strings, Conductor
Billy Taylor Jr. Bass
Morris Lefkowitz Violin
Daniel Perry Guitar
Rostelle Reese Trumpet
Armand Camgros Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy McLin Guitar
Haig Stephens Bass
Stanley Payne Tenor Saxophone
Jack Cressey Alto Saxophone
Dick "Dent" Eckles Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Pat Nizza Tenor Saxophone
George Serloff Violin
Art Drellinger Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Williams Tenor Saxophone
David Friscina Violin
Charles Jaffe Violin
Gordon Griffith Trumpet
Frank Siefiels Violin
Louis Butterman Bass
Armand Kaproff Viola
Gordon Jenkins Singers Background Vocals
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Sigmund Romberg Composer
Leonard Feather Composer
Eddie Heywood Arranger
Bob Haggart Arranger, Director
Irving Mills Composer
Sy Oliver Arranger, Director
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Dorothy Parker Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Louis Armstrong Duet
Billie Holiday Composer
Sonny Burke Producer
Toots Camarata Arranger, Director
Eddie DeLange Composer
Ervin Drake Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Sammy Fain Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Milt Gabler Producer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Porter Grainger Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Isham Jones Composer
Irving Kahal Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Roger "Ram" Ramirez Composer
Alan Roberts Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Bob Russell Composer
Doug Schwartz Mastering
Carl Sigman Composer
John Simmons Director
Bill Stegmeyer Director
Marty Symes Composer
Roy Turk Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Jack King Composer
Jimmy Sherman Composer
Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra Arranger, Director
Buster Harding Director
Ralph Blane Composer
Arthur Johnston Composer
Max Kortlander Composer
Don Peterson Photo Courtesy
Sam Coslow Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Tom Adair Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Harry Akst Composer
Sidney Clare Composer
Neil Moret (Chas. N. Daniels) Composer
Louis Alter Composer
Jacques Charles Composer
Dan Fisher Composer
Doris Fisher Composer
Sammy Gallop Composer
Jay Gorney Composer
Irene Higginbotham Composer
Everett Robbins Composer
Doris Tauber Composer
William Tracey Composer
Maurice Yvain Composer
Frank Reardon Composer
Ernest Schweikert Composer
Arnold Clawson Composer
George Cory Composer
Douglass Cross Composer
Albert Williametz Composer
Ashley Kahn Liner Notes
Robert Graham Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Michele Horie Art Direction
Morton Krouse Composer
Toussaint Pope Composer
Lewis Allan Composer
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