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Billie Holiday
(b. 4/7/15 - Baltimore, MD    d. 7/17/59 - New York, NY)

Title: Greatest Hits
Personnel: Billie Holiday (vocals), various: Roy Eldridge (trumpet), Harry Edison (trumpet), Benny Carter (alto sax), etc.
Recorded: 1935-55
Label: Sony/Columbia
Comments: "Lady Day" - what can we say? Another national treasure from the 20th century. Everybody recognizes her silky voice, incredibly emotional and tender, so rare and unique. This CD is a very complete compilation covering her many classic recordings.
Title: The Complete Decca Recordings
Personnel: Billie Holiday (vocals), various, including Buck Clayton (trumpet), Dickie Wells (trombone), George Duvivier (bass), Kenny Clarke (drums), etc.
Recorded: 1944-50
Label: Decca
Comments: This double CD includes the careful orchestrations of Sy Oliver and Gordon Jenkins, among others. Arguably the most important recordings of Billie Holiday to own.

Title: The Complete Billie Holiday on Verve 1945-1959
Personnel: Billie Holiday (vocals), with almost every single jazz giant alive during her short life!
Recorded: 1945-59
Label: Verve
Comments: This is a rather incredible collection: ten CDs enclosed in a tight black box that includes every one of the recordings Verve owns of Billie Holiday, not only the many studio recordings of 1952-57 (which feature Lady Day joined by such jazz all-stars as trumpeters Charlie Shavers and Harry "Sweets" Edison, altoist Benny Carter, and the tenors of Flip Phillips, Paul Quinichette and Ben Webster). Also included are prime performances at Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts in 1945-1947, an enjoyable European gig from 1954, her "comeback" Carnegie Hall concert of 1956, Holiday's rather sad final studio album from 1959, and even lengthy tapes from two informal rehearsals. It's a perfect purchase for the true Billie Holiday fanatic.

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