Incomparable, Vol. 4

The Incomparable, Vol. 4

by Billie Holiday
     
 

The fourth of five volumes on the obscure British label Acrobat, The Incomparable, Vol. 4 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…  See more details below

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The fourth of five volumes on the obscure British label Acrobat, The Incomparable, Vol. 4 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 Lester Young, Benny Carter, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Benny Goodman, and Teddy Wilson. This fourth volume has 20 tracks, including several of Holiday's best performances, such as "Strange Fruit" and "Fine and Mellow" (both sides of a single recorded for Commodore after Columbia's John Hammond passed on the overtly commentarial A-side). While much stronger than previous volumes in the same series, too much of this material consists of dated pleasantries that even Holiday has trouble rejuvenating -- check out "It's Easy to Blame the Weather" or "Ghost of Yesterday." 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:
09/10/2002
Label:
Acrobat
UPC:
0824046511524
catalogNumber:
115

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billie Holiday   Primary Artist,Vocals
Danny Barker   Guitar
Buck Clayton   Trumpet
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Freddie Green   Guitar
Jo Jones   Drums
Artie Shaw   Clarinet
Tab Smith   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Teddy Wilson   Piano
Lester Young   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Cozy Cole   Drums
Frankie Newton   Trumpet
Tony Pastor   Violin,Tenor Saxophone
Joe Sullivan   Piano
Ken Kersey   Piano
Walter Page   Bass
George Arus   Trombone
Avola   Guitar
Benny Carter   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
John Best   Trumpet
Bill Bowen   Alto Saxophone
Claude Bowen   Trumpet
Burness   Piano
Eddie Dougherty   Drums
Hank Freeman   Alto Saxophone
Carl Frye   Alto Saxophone
J.C. Heard   Drums
Milt Hinton   Bass
Cliff Leeman   Drums
Lawrence Lucie   Guitar
Hot Lips Page   Trumpet
Ronnie Perry   Tenor Saxophone
Robinson   Alto Saxophone
Harry Rodgers   Trombone
Kermit Scott   Tenor Saxophone
Ted Vesely   Trombone
Earle Warren   Alto Saxophone
Jack Washington   Alto Saxophone
Sid Weiss   Bass
Dicky Wells   Trombone
Sonny White   Piano
John Williams   Bass
Kenneth Hollon   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Eldridge   Alto Saxophone
Chuck Peterson   Trumpet
Jimmy McLin   Guitar
Ernie Powell   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Stanley Payne   Tenor Saxophone
Hal West   Drums

Technical Credits

Peter Gamble   Liner Notes
Keith Woods   Illustrations

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