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 tings will ever come together again as they did when these records were made.
Side A: 1. Miss Brown To You 2. I Wished On The 3.Moonlight Can Do 4.If You Were Mine 5.Summertime 6.Billie’s Blues
Side B: 1.I Must Have That Man 2.Foolin’ Myself 3. Easy Living 4. Me, Myself And I
5.A Sailboat In The Moonlight 6.I Cried For You
Personnel & Recording Dates :
A, 1, 2 & 3 : ( July 2, 1935) Roy Eldridge, trumpet; Benny Goodman, clarinet; Ben Webster, tenor sax; Teddy Wilson, piano; John Truehart, guitar; John Kirby, bass; Cozy Cole, drums.
A, 4: (October 25, 1935) Benny Morton, trombone; Chu Berry, tenor sax; & Dave Barbour, guitar, replace Goodman, Webster & Truehart.
A, 5 & 6: (July 10, 1936) This is from Billie’s first session under her own name. Bunny Berigan, trumpet; Art Shaw, clarinet; Joe Bushkin, piano; Dick McDonough, guitar; Pete Peterson, bass; Cozy Cole, drums.
B, 1: (January 25, 1937) Teddy Wilson, piano; Buck Clayton, trumpet; Benny Goodman, clarinet; Lester Young, tenor sax; Freddie Green, guitar; Walter Page, bass; Jo Jones, drums.
B, 2 & 3: (June 1, 1937) Buster Bailey replaces Goodman.
B, 4 & 5: (June 15, 1937) From Billie’s fifth session under her own name. Jimmy Sherman replaces Wilson, Ed Hall replaces Bailey.
B, 6: (June 30, 1936) Teddy Wilson, piano; Jonah Jones, trumpet; Johnny Hodges, alto sax; Harry Carney, baritone sax; Lawrence Lucie, guitar; John Kirby, bass; Cozy Cole, drums.
Re-mastering by: Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London
Excerpt from George Avakian’s notes on the album sleeve: