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Incomparable, Vol. 1
     

The Incomparable, Vol. 1

by Billie Holiday
 
The first of five volumes on the obscure British label Acrobat, The Incomparable, Vol. 1 concentrates on the series of sides recorded by Billie Holiday at the dawn of her career, usually in front of a studio band and released on discount subsidiaries of Columbia such as Brunswick and Vocalion. Similar to Fats Waller and a handful of

Overview

The first of five volumes on the obscure British label Acrobat, The Incomparable, Vol. 1 concentrates on the series of sides recorded by Billie Holiday at the dawn of her career, usually in front of a studio band and released on discount subsidiaries of Columbia such as Brunswick and Vocalion. Similar to Fats Waller and a handful of other musical greats occasionally forced to record subpar material, Holiday did surprisingly well considering the compositional sources, and certainly wasn't harmed by the addition of recording partners like Cozy Cole, Roy Eldridge, Artie Shaw, Ben Webster, Harry Carney, and Teddy Wilson. This disc has 20 tracks, including a few of Holiday's best performances ("What a Little Moonlight Can Do," "Billie's Blues," "Miss Brown to You") as well as a few standards ("Summertime," "The Way You Look Tonight," "A Fine Romance," "Pennies from Heaven"). Too much of this material, however, consists of dated pleasantries that even Holiday has trouble rejuvenating -- check out "Eeny Meeny Meiny Mo" or "One, Two, Button Your Shoe." Though everything she recorded will obviously be of interest to real fans, Columbia itself has collected these songs several times, with better notes and better sound.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/10/2002
Label:
Acrobat
UPC:
0824046511227
catalogNumber:
112

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billie Holiday   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bunny Berigan   Trumpet
Chu Berry   Tenor Saxophone
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Jonah Jones   Trumpet
John Kirby   Bass
Gene Krupa   Drums
Artie Shaw   Clarinet
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Wilson   Piano
Dave Barbour   Guitar
Joe Bushkin   Piano
Cozy Cole   Drums,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Irving Fazola   Clarinet
Benny Morton   Trombone
Vido Musso   Clarinet
Grachan Moncur   Bass
Artie Bernstein   Bass
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Clyde Hart   Piano
Milt Hinton   Bass
Hilton Jefferson   Alto Saxophone
Lawrence Lucie   Guitar
Irving "Mouse" Randolph   Trumpet
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Cecil Scott   Clarinet
John Trueheart   Guitar
Dick McDonough   Guitar
Tom Macey   Clarinet
Pete Peterson   Bass

Technical Credits

Abe Lyman   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Gus Arnheim   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Arthur Freed   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Sam H. Stept   Composer
Stillman   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Peter Gamble   Liner Notes
Ronnie Ingraham   Composer
Matty Malneck   Composer
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Charles Tobias   Composer
Harold Adamson   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Harry Woods   Composer
Harry Link   Composer
Jack Strachey   Composer
Benny Davis   Composer
Holt Marvell   Composer
Harry Tobias   Composer
Edgar Fairchild   Composer
Charles Newman   Composer
Alex Hyde   Composer
Basil Adlam   Composer

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