God Bless the Child: Best of Billie Holiday

God Bless the Child: Best of Billie Holiday

by Billie Holiday


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God Bless the Child: Best of Billie Holiday

It's easy to call any collection "The Very Best Of" and mislead naïve listeners into believing the claim until they take the record home and give it a spin, and find it was compiled of dead dogs or substandard material licensed by some shoddy label to make a buck. Not so with this fine 14-cut collection by Sony/BMG Legacy, God Bless the Child: The Very Best of Billie Holiday, which certainly makes a convincing argument for the claim. While it begins with a 1941 performance of the title track, with Roy Eldridge, Jimmy Powell, Grachan Moncur, Eddie Heywood, and Herbert Cowans in the band, it goes backward to 1935 when she fronted the Teddy Wilson Orchestra for a historic session that yielded three classic performances, including "I Wished on the Moon." Her association with Wilson continues into 1936 with one cut, "I Cried for You," featuring Jonah Jones, Wilson, Harry Carney, and Cozy Cole in the band. The version of "Billie's Blues" included here is the original recorded take from 1937 with Bunny Berigan, Artie Shaw, and Joe Bushkin. Of course, "Easy Living" is included here, with Holiday once more fronting Wilson's band, which in 1937 included Buck Clayton, Walter Page, Jo Jones, and the great saxophonist Lester Young. Other performances that make this set an amazing buy for the price include "My Man" from 1937; "Some Other Spring" with Charlie Shavers and Tab Smith; "Body and Soul" from 1940; "I Cover the Waterfront" from 1941; and one of the most haunting vocal tunes in the history of jazz, "Gloomy Sunday" with the Wilson band -- featuring J.C. Heard on drums -- from 1942. These 14 tunes give an overview of Holiday at her peak and will certainly inspire listeners to dig deeper into her catalog.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/21/2015
Label: Verve
UPC: 0600753571552
catalogNumber: 5357155
Rank: 94395

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billie Holiday   Primary Artist,Vocals
Tony Scott   Clarinet
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Freddie Green   Guitar
Wynton Kelly   Piano
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Oscar Peterson   Organ,Piano
Flip Phillips   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Rowles   Piano
Ed Shaughnessy   Drums
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Aaron Bell   Bass
Benny Carter   Alto Saxophone
Ray Brown   Bass
Larry Bunker   Drums
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Gus Johnson   Drums
Lenny McBrowne   Drums
Paul Quinichette   Tenor Saxophone
Milt Raskin   Piano
John Simmons   Bass
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Victor Schertzinger   Trumpet
Tony Scott's Orchestra   Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Tony Scott   Arranger
Irving Mills   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Walter Gross   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Irving Gordon   Composer
Harry Woods   Composer
Victor Schertzinger   Composer
Harry Link   Composer
Jack Strachey   Composer
Neil Moret (Chas. N. Daniels)   Composer
Holt Marvell   Composer
Frank Perkins   Composer
Lewis Allan   Composer
José James   Liner Notes
Yusuke Yoshinaga   Art Direction

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