Q - 7/96, p.1394 Stars
- Excellent - "...The sound quality has been magically improved to probably its optimum level....Holiday swings lazily, carefully phrasing, the selection here making her sound more jaunty than her reputation suggests..."
Personnel includes: Billie Holiday (vocals); Leslie Johnakins, Eddie Barefield, Hymie Schertzer (alto saxophone); Lester Young (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Ben Webster, Chu Berry, Babe Russin, Vido Musso (tenor saxophone); Roy Eldridge, Buck Clayton, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Jonah Jones, Charlie Shavers, Shad Collins, Emmet Berry (trumpet); George Hunt, Benny Morton (trombone); Buster Bailey, Jimmy Hamilton, Prince Robinson (clarinet); Count Basie, Teddy Wilson, Claude Thornhill, Eddie Heywood, Margaret Johnson (piano); Freddie Green, John Collins, Al Casey, Allan Reuss (guitar); Walter Page, Milt Hinton, John Kirby, Ted Sturgis, John Williams (bass); Jo Jones, Gene Krupa, Cozy Cole, Kenny Clarke, J.C. Heard (drums).
Compilation producers: Steve Berkowitz, Mark Wilder.
Recorded between 1935 and 1941. Includes liner notes by Delfeayo Marsalis.
Digitally remastered by Mark Wilder.
Personnel: Billie Holiday (vocals); Dave Barbour, Freddie Green, John Collins, Allan Reuss, Al Casey , Jimmy McLin (guitar); Edgar Sampson (clarinet, alto saxophone); Lester Young , Vido Musso (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Edmond Hall, Prince Robinson, Jimmy Hamilton, Buster Bailey (clarinet); Tab Smith (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Jack Washington (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Earle Warren, Eddie Barefield, Leslie Johnakins, Hymie Schertzer (alto saxophone); Chu Berry, Chuck Berry, Stanley Payne, Kenneth Hollon, Herschel Evans, Babe Russin, Ben Webster (tenor saxophone); Ed Lewis, Edward Lewis, Emmett Berry, Bob Moore , Irving "Mouse" Randolph, Harry "Sweets" Edison , Jonah Jones, Roy Eldridge, Shad Collins, Buck Clayton, Charlie Shavers (trumpet); George Hunt, Benny Morton, Dan Minor (trombone); Claude Thornhill, Count Basie, Ken Kersey, Eddie Heywood, Jimmy Sherman, Joe Sullivan , Margaret Johnson , Teddy Wilson (piano); Cozy Cole, Eddie Dougherty, Gene Krupa, J.C. Heard, Jo Jones , Kenny Clarke (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Mark Wilder.
Liner Note Author: Delfeayo Marsalis.
Recording information: New York, NY (10/25/1935-02/10/1942).
One of the most influential jazz singers in history is Billie Holiday. Her sound and style have impacted generations of singers the world over, including Frank Sinatra, Abbey Lincoln, and Nat "King" Cole. These recordings are from the '30s and early '40s, when she sang with big bands and large groups. Then, her voice was luminous yet rich and full, with hints of the deep, dark and dusky quality that Holiday would acquire in the '50s. On these classic songs of romance and love-gone-wrong, Holiday makes you believe she's lived them. The best musicians of that era accompany her on these recordings: tenor sax giants Lester Young and Ben Webster, pianists Count Basie and Teddy Wilson, and trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison (who was featured on many of Sinatra's '50s recordings). The music swings, and Holiday glides gracefully with it. LOVE SONGS, with its fine recording quality, is a superb collection for fans and casual listeners alike.