The Incomparable, Vol. 4

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All Music Guide - John Bush
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
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: 9/10/2002
  • Label: Acrobat
  • UPC: 824046511524
  • Catalog Number: 115
  • Sales rank: 323,257

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billie Holiday Primary Artist, Vocals
Danny Barker Guitar
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Harry "Sweets" 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
Al Avola Guitar
Benny Carter Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
John Best Trumpet
Bill Bowen Alto Saxophone
Claude Bowen Trumpet
Les 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
Les 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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