The Incomparable, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - John Bush
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/10/2002
  • Label: Acrobat
  • UPC: 824046511227
  • Catalog Number: 112
  • Sales rank: 305,582

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 III 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
Al Dubin Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Arthur Freed Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Ralph Rainger Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Sam H. Stept Composer
Al 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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