Definitive Collection [Verve]

Definitive Collection [Verve]

by Billie Holiday

Since the range of recording dates for Verve Records' Billie Holiday compilation The Definitive Collection stretches from her first session in 1935 to her last in 1958, it might be supposed that the album attempts to live up to its ambitious name. In fact, however, this disc is really a selection of 18 highlights from…  See more details below


Since the range of recording dates for Verve Records' Billie Holiday compilation The Definitive Collection stretches from her first session in 1935 to her last in 1958, it might be supposed that the album attempts to live up to its ambitious name. In fact, however, this disc is really a selection of 18 highlights from the portion of Holiday's catalog controlled by Verve's parent company, Universal Music, which is to say her work for Commodore, Decca, Clef, and Verve itself between 1939 and 1956, with a couple of tracks licensed from her mid-'30s work for Brunswick (now owned by Sony BMG); a track she recorded under a pseudonym for Capitol (now controlled by EMI) in 1942; and a track from her final album, Lady in Satin, released by Columbia (another Sony BMG label). Although the bulk of these performances date from the '40s, the chronological sequence gives a sense of Holiday's vocal development over the years, as her craft improved and the technical quality of her voice deteriorated. Many of her better-known songs are included, with the caveat that "God Bless the Child," "Billie's Blues," "Easy Living," "Solitude," "My Man," and "I Cover the Waterfront" are re-recordings. (Annotator Bill Dahl states the case made by some listeners that the later versions are superior to the earlier ones.) Absent a merger of the remaining major record labels, it may be impossible to attempt a comprehensive, not to mention "definitive," collection of Holiday's career peaks on a single disc. This one is not a bad attempt, but it still basically represents only a part of the story.

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Performance Credits

Billie Holiday   Primary Artist
Tony Scott   Clarinet
Buster Bailey   Clarinet
Phil Bodner   Woodwind
Buck Clayton   Trumpet
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Urbie Green   Trombone
Tiny Grimes   Guitar
Bobby Hackett   Trumpet
Chico Hamilton   Drums
Eddie Heywood   Piano
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Budd Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Wynton Kelly   Piano
Barney Kessel   Guitar
John Kirby   Bass
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
Specs Powell   Drums
Tab Smith   Alto Saxophone
Mal Waldron   Piano
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Wilson   Track Performer
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Lester Young   Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Barefield   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Aaron Bell   Bass
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Cozy Cole   Drums
Bob Haggart   Bass
Horace Henderson   Piano
Carl Kress   Guitar
Bernie Leighton   Piano
Johnny Mince   Alto Saxophone
Frankie Newton   Trumpet
Willie Rodriguez   Drums
Buddy Weed   Piano
Alvy West   Saxophone
Stan Webb   Baritone Saxophone
George Duvivier   Bass
Cohn   Tenor Saxophone
Danny Bank   Woodwind
Everett Barksdale   Guitar
Artie Bernstein   Bass
Emmett Berry   Trumpet
Denzil Best   Drums
Larry Binyon   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Blowers   Drums
Mort Bullman   Trombone
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Red Callender   Bass
Russ Case   Trumpet
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Henderson Chambers   Trombone
George Dorsey   Alto Saxophone
Eddie Dougherty   Drums
Ray Ellis   Conductor
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Gordon Griffin   Trumpet
Joe Guy   Trumpet
Milt Hinton   Bass
J.J. Johnson   Trombone
Osie Johnson   Drums
Phil Kraus   Percussion
Leo Kruczek   Violin
Jack Lesberg   Bass
George Matthews   Trombone
Lenny McBrowne   Drums
Murray McEachern   Trombone
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello   Alto Saxophone
Sol Moore   Baritone Saxophone
Tony Mottola   Guitar
David "Fathead" Newman   Strings
Jimmy Nottingham   Trumpet
George Ockner   Violin,Concert Master
Romeo Penque   Woodwind
Rudy Powell   Alto Saxophone
Bernie Privin   Trumpet
Janet Putnam   Harp
Paul Quinichette   Tenor Saxophone
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Hymie Schertzer   Alto Saxophone
Artie Shapiro   Bass
Norris "Bunny" Shawker   Drums
Carson Smith   Bass
Bill Stegmeyer   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
John Trueheart   Guitar
Bobby Tucker   Piano
Dick Vance   Trumpet
Dicky Wells   Trombone
Sonny White   Piano
John Williams [double bass]   Bass
Shadow Wilson   Drums
Milt Yaner   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Paul Ricci   Tenor Saxophone
Carl Drinkard   Piano
Kenneth Hollon   Tenor Saxophone
Larry Neill   Trumpet
Sammy Benskin   Piano
Tony Faso   Trumpet
Harry Azen   Strings
John Fulton   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Bernard Kaufman   Tenor Saxophone
Mike Pingatore   Guitar
Monty Kelly   Trumpet
Skip Layton   Trombone
Paul Whiteman Orchestra   Track Performer
Elise Bretton   Soprano (Vocal)
Morris Lefkowitz   Violin
Daniel Perry   Guitar
Armand Camgros   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy McLin   Guitar
Haig Stephens   Bass
Stanley Payne   Tenor Saxophone
Jack Cressey   Alto Saxophone
George Serloff   Violin
Freddy Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Miriam Workman   Soprano (Vocal)
Art Drellinger   Tenor Saxophone
Lennie Hartman   Saxophone
Kink   Alto Saxophone
King Guion   Saxophone
Joe Spring   Piano
Sol Blumenthal   Strings
Don Waddilove   Trumpet
Charles Jaffe   Violin
Frank Siefiels   Violin
Tom Mitchell   Trombone
Armand Kaproff   Viola
Tony Scott & His Orchestra   Track Performer

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Tony Scott   Arranger
Eddie Heywood   Arranger
Herbie Nichols   Composer
Bob Haggart   Director
Jimmy Mundy   Arranger,Composer
Sy Oliver   Arranger,Director
Trummy Young   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Toots Camarata   Director
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ray Ellis   Arranger
Milt Gabler   Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Porter Grainger   Composer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Roger "Ram" Ramirez   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Bill Stegmeyer   Director
Irving Townsend   Producer
Roy Turk   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Albert Willemetz   Composer
Bill Carey   Composer
Carl Fisher   Composer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Jimmy Sherman   Composer
Buster Harding   Director
Ann Ronell   Composer
Don Peterson   Photo Courtesy
Harry Woods   Composer
Sidney Clare   Composer
Jacques Charles   Composer
Dan Fisher   Composer
Jay Gorney   Composer
Irene Higginbotham   Composer
Channing Pollack   Composer
Everett Robbins   Composer
Doris Tauber   Composer
William Tracey   Composer
Maurice Yvain   Composer
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Lewis Allan   Composer
John F. Hammond   Producer

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