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- Released: February 1, 2008
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
- 1.What A Little Moonlight Will Do
- 2.Billie's Blues
- 4.Why Was I Born?
- 5.They Can't Take That Away From Me
- 6.The Man I Love
- 7.My Man (Mon Homme)
- 8.Gloomy Sunday
- 9.I Must Have That Man
- 10.God Bless The Child
- 11.I'll Never Be The Same
- 12.All Of Me
Personnel includes: Billie Holiday (vocals).
Includes liner notes by Will Friedwald.
Digitally remastered by Larry Keyes (Sony Music Studios, New York, New York).
This is part of the Columbia Legacy I Like Jazz series.
Though it is probable that her talent would have been discovered eventually, the fact that John Hammond put a teenage Billie Holiday in the studio in 1933 is one of jazz's more fortuitous occurrences. Surrounding Ms. Holiday with excellent players at such an early stage surely helped shape her musicianly approach to a tune. Her incredible, elastic sense of beat placement and playful toying with melodies are informed by the blues--Bessie Smith was her idol--and an improviser's perspective on interpretation. This excellent compilation, taken roughly from the first 10 years of her career, is a fine introduction to her artistry for newcomers as well as a great single disc sampling for the already converted. Quintessential renditions of "God Bless the Child," "All of Me," and "The Man I Love" are included as well as an irrepressible, peppy "What a Little Moonlight Can Do," taken from her first commercial recording session.
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