The Diva Series

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Part of Verve's Diva Series of compilations, this Billie Holiday collection is by no means the definitive account of her career -- Columbia's Lady Day: The Best of Billie Holiday takes that honor. That said, it is still a great introduction to the vocalist's singular and influential style. There is a timely flow to the track listing on most of the Diva Series albums, and this collection is no exception. Included are such landmark recordings as "Don't Explain," "God Bless the Child," and Holiday's haunting signature tune, "Strange Fruit." Longtime Holiday fanatics will most likely already have these recordings, but for newly interested listeners, at over 14 tracks, this ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Part of Verve's Diva Series of compilations, this Billie Holiday collection is by no means the definitive account of her career -- Columbia's Lady Day: The Best of Billie Holiday takes that honor. That said, it is still a great introduction to the vocalist's singular and influential style. There is a timely flow to the track listing on most of the Diva Series albums, and this collection is no exception. Included are such landmark recordings as "Don't Explain," "God Bless the Child," and Holiday's haunting signature tune, "Strange Fruit." Longtime Holiday fanatics will most likely already have these recordings, but for newly interested listeners, at over 14 tracks, this competes well with other similar single-disc collections.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2003
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 044006520421
  • Catalog Number: 065204
  • Sales rank: 122,784

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billie Holiday Primary Artist
Tony Scott Clarinet
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Herb Ellis Guitar
Tiny Grimes Guitar
Chico Hamilton Drums
Eddie Heywood Piano
Budd Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Wynton Kelly Piano
Barney Kessel Guitar
Red Mitchell Bass
Oscar Peterson Piano
Specs Powell Drums
Jimmy Rowles Piano
Ed Shaughnessy Drums
Tab Smith Alto Saxophone
Willie Smith Alto Saxophone
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Shavers Trumpet
Eddie Barefield Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Aaron Bell Bass
Billy Butterfield Trumpet
Cozy Cole Drums
Horace Henderson Piano
Al Klink Alto Saxophone
Johnny Mince Alto Saxophone
Frankie Newton Trumpet
Stan Webb Baritone Saxophone
George Duvivier Bass
Al Cohn Tenor Saxophone
Everett Barksdale Guitar
Joe Benjamin Bass
Wallace Bishop Drums
Ray Brown Bass
Mort Bullman Trombone
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Big Sid Catlett Drums
Henderson Chambers Trombone
Pete Clark Alto Saxophone
Shad Collins Trumpet
George Dorsey Alto Saxophone
Eddie Dougherty Drums
Joe Guy Trumpet
Armand Karpoff Viola
Leo Kruczek Violin
Joe Mondragon Bass
Lenny McBrowne Drums
Dave McRae Baritone Saxophone
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello Alto Saxophone
Bernie Privin Trumpet
Paul Quinichette Tenor Saxophone
Hank Ross Tenor Saxophone
Norris "Bunny" Shawker Drums
John Simmons Bass
Carson Smith Bass
Bill Stegmeyer Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Alvin Stoller Drums
Bobby Tucker Piano
Dick Vance Trumpet
Sonny White Piano
John Williams Bass
Carl Drinkard Piano
Kenneth Hollon Tenor Saxophone
Sammy Benskin Piano
Tony Faso Trumpet
George Stevenson Trombone
Morris Lefkowitz Violin
Daniel Perry Guitar
Armand Camgros Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy McLin Guitar
Bobby Williams Trumpet
Stanley Payne Tenor Saxophone
George Serloff Violin
Art Drellinger Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Williams Tenor Saxophone
Charles Jaffe Violin
Frank Siefiels Violin
Technical Credits
Kurt Weill Composer
Tony Scott Arranger, Producer
Eddie Heywood Arranger
Herbie Nichols Composer
Ogden Nash Composer
Dorothy Parker Composer
Billie Holiday Composer
Toots Camarata Arranger
Walter Donaldson Composer
Ervin Drake Composer
Will Friedwald Liner Notes
Milt Gabler Producer
Arthur Herzog Jr. Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Ralph Rainger Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Allan Tucker Mastering
Wesley Wilson Composer
Hollis King Art Direction
Maceo Pinkard Composer
Harry Woods Composer
Arthur Altman Composer
Dan Fisher Composer
Irene Higginbotham Composer
Doris Tauber Composer
William Tracey Composer
Alexander Gelfand Note Editing
Ken Druker Executive Producer
Lewis Allan Composer
Gary Kelley Illustrations
A.M. Brunner Composer
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