Billie Holiday to release Complete Verve Studio Master Takes
Verve Records has just released Billie Holiday: The Complete Verve Studio Master Takes, a six-CD boxed set celebrating the essential music of the legendary Billie Holiday. The set features music Holiday recorded for the historic Verve label from 1952-1959, and includes some of her most influential and lasting works.
Artist: Billie Holiday
Title: Complete Verve Studio Master Takes
Release date: 12/13/05
Buy at: Amazon
This outstanding collection of timeless classics includes numerous well-known tunes from the American Songbook and beyond. Songs such as “Blue Moon,” “I Only Have Eyes For You,” “It Had To Be You,” “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “All Or Nothing At All” and many, many more show the lasting power of Holiday’s interpretations. The hits continue with the songs “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off,” “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm,” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It.”
The compositions throughout come from a veritable who’s who of the twentieth century’s most prolific songwriters; works from Rodgers & Hart, Irving Berlin, The Gershwins, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter and more were treated to Holiday’s inimitable voice during these sessions.
In addition to surrounding herself with great songs and songwriters during these Norman Granz-produced dates, Holiday was also in the company of an impressive group of musicians and sidemen in the studio. Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Billy Taylor, Benny Carter and others contributed to these celebrated recordings.
A number of Lady Day’s most signature songs were recorded during this period and they can be heard here on Billie Holiday: The Complete Verve Studio Master Takes. “Lady Sings The Blues,” “Strange Fruit,” and “God Bless The Child” are included in this remarkable collection.
Billie Holiday: The Complete Verve Studio Master Takes contains thorough and insightful liner notes by GRAMMY®-nominee Robert G. O’Meally, Director of Jazz Studies at Columbia University, author of Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday (Da Capo), and editor of Jazz Cadence of American Culture (Columbia) and Uptown Conversations: The New Jazz Studies (Columbia). With academic dedication, O’Meally explores Holiday’s often-troubled life and art from her birth as Eleanora Fagan in Baltimore through her influences (including Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, and most importantly, Louis Armstrong) through the mid-to-late 1950s and these classic recordings.
Billie Holiday: The Complete Verve Studio Master Takes was produced by Bryan Koniarz and executive produced by Ken Druker.
"Complete Verve Studio Master Takes" by Billie Holiday - release date: 12/13/05..