Billie Holiday : Lady Day

Billie Holiday : Lady Day


Billie Holiday (lyrics), Ben Webster, Lester Young (tenor sax), Johnny Hodges (alto sax), Bennie Goodman, Art Shaw (clarinet), Roy Elridge, Buck Clayton (trumpet), Beny Morton (trombone), John Truhart, Dick McDonough (guitar), Teddy Wilson, Joe Bushkin (piano), John Kirby, Pete Peterson (bass), Cozy Cole, Jo Jones (drums)

Recorded in 1935-37

Columbia 637

Pure Pleasure Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Miss Brown To You
A2 - I Wished On the Moon
A3 - What A Little Moonlight Can Do
A4 - If You Were Mine
A5 - Summertime
A6 - Billie's Blues
B1 - I Must Have That Man!
B2 - Foolin' Myself
B3 - Easy Living
B4 - Me, Myself and I
B5 - A Sailboat In the Moonlight
B6 - I Cried For You

Recorded July 2, 1935 (A1-3) - October 25, 1935 (A4) - June 30, 1936 (B6) - July 10, 1936 (A5-6) - January 25, 1937 (B1) - June 1, 1937(B2-3) - June 15, 1937 (B4-5)

This collection of classic jazz interpretations by Billie Holiday features all-star accompaniments from various sessions from 1935 to 1937. Tracks A5-6 and tracks B4-5 were taken from Billie's first and fifth sessions under her own name.

"When planning this album, I had a hellish time trying to choose what I thought were the absolute cream of Billie Holiday. In the course of this wrestling, it struck me that not only were Billie's vocals incredibly perfect, but that I could not remember a single instance of anyone playing a bad solo or even a bad phrase among the hundred or more performances I had to choose from in the golden period of her work. Checking over records (which was almost unnecessary, because I could still remember them almost note for note) was a rather beautiful and somewhat shattering experience. Jazz, a product of so many things - musical evolution, the social scene of a particular time, the economic atmosphere of the moment, what somebody had for breakfast that day - and none of those things will ever come together again as they did when these records were made." - Excerpt from George Avakian's liner notes