The Incomparable Vol. 2 (Hepcat)

The Incomparable Vol. 2 (Hepcat)

by Billie Holiday


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The Incomparable Vol. 2 (Hepcat)

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/10/2002
Label: Acrobat
UPC: 0824046511326
catalogNumber: 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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