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The Incomparable, Vol. 5

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All Music Guide - John Bush
The fifth of five volumes on the obscure British label Acrobat, The Incomparable, Vol. 5 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 Roy Eldridge, Don Redman, Walter Page, Freddie Green, and Teddy Wilson. This disc has 20 tracks, including two of Holiday's best performances...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
The fifth of five volumes on the obscure British label Acrobat, The Incomparable, Vol. 5 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 Roy Eldridge, Don Redman, Walter Page, Freddie Green, and Teddy Wilson. This disc has 20 tracks, including two of Holiday's best performances "God Bless the Child," "I Cover the Waterfront" as well as a few standards "Love Me or Leave Me," "St. Louis Blues," "Let's Do It Let's Fall in Love". Too much of this material, however, consists of dated pleasantries that even Holiday has trouble rejuvenating -- check out "Mandy Is Two" or "I'm in a Low-Down Groove." 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: 824046511623
  • Catalog Number: 116
  • Sales rank: 323,225

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billie Holiday Primary Artist, Vocals
Al Casey Guitar
Bill Coleman Trumpet
Roy Eldridge Trumpet
Freddie Green Guitar
Eddie Heywood Piano
Teddy Wilson Piano
Lester Young Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Barefield Alto Saxophone
Benny Morton Trombone
Babe Russin Tenor Saxophone
Grachan Moncur III Baritone Saxophone
Don Redman Alto Saxophone
Willie Rodriguez Drums
Buddy Weed Piano
Alvy West Reeds
Walter Page Baritone Saxophone
Georgie Auld Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Benny Carter Clarinet
Emmett Berry Trumpet
Lester Boone Alto Saxophone
Bill Bowen Alto Saxophone
Don Byas Tenor Saxophone
Paul Chapman Guitar
Kenny Clarke Drums
Shad Collins Trumpet
Gene Fields Guitar
Jimmy Hamilton Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
J.C. Heard Drums
Ulysses Livingston Guitar
Murray McEachern Trombone
Yank Porter Drums
Hymie Schertzer Alto Saxophone
Kermit Scott Tenor Saxophone
Artie Shapiro Baritone Saxophone
Ted Sturgis Baritone Saxophone
Sonny White Piano
John Williams Baritone Saxophone
Larry Neill Trumpet
Dan d'Andrea Reeds
Joe Eldridge Alto Saxophone
Leslie Johnakins Alto Saxophone
Mike Pingatore Guitar
Monty Kelly Trumpet
Skip Layton Trombone
Ernie Powell Alto Saxophone
Lennie Hartman Reeds
John Collins Guitar
Don Waddilove Trumpet
Technical Credits
Jimmy Mundy Arranger
Peter Gamble Liner Notes
László Jávor Composer
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