The Incomparable Vol. 2 (Hepcat)

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All Music Guide - John Bush
The second of five volumes on the obscure British label Acrobat, The Incomparable, Vol. 2 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 Buck Clayton, Benny Goodman, Ben Webster, Lester Young, Johnny Hodges, and Teddy Wilson. This disc has 20 tracks, including a few of ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
The second of five volumes on the obscure British label Acrobat, The Incomparable, Vol. 2 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 Buck Clayton, Benny Goodman, Ben Webster, Lester Young, Johnny Hodges, and Teddy Wilson. This disc has 20 tracks, including a few of Holiday's best performances "This Year's Kisses," "They Can't Take That Away from Me," "Mean to Me" as well as a few standards "I Must Have That Man," "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love". Too much of this material, however, consists of dated pleasantries that even Holiday has trouble rejuvenating -- check out "I Don't Know if I'm Comin' or Goin'" or "If My Heart Could Only Talk." 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: 824046511326
  • Catalog Number: 113

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billie Holiday Primary Artist, Vocals
Henry "Red" Allen Trumpet
Buster Bailey Clarinet
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Benny Goodman Clarinet
Freddie Green Guitar
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone
Jo Jones Drums
Jonah Jones Trumpet
John Kirby Bass
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Wilson Piano
Cootie Williams Trumpet
Lester Young Tenor Saxophone
Cozy Cole Drums
Edgar Sampson Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Joe Thomas Tenor Saxophone
Walter Page Bass
Artie Bernstein Bass
Harry Carney Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Carmen Mastren Guitar
Allan Reuss Guitar
Cecil Scott Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Alphonse Steele Drums
Eddie Tompkins Trumpet
Prince Robinson Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy McLin Guitar
Technical Credits
Peter Gamble Liner Notes
Keith Woods Illustrations
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