Billie Holiday

The Quintessential Billie Holiday, Vol. 5 (1937-1938)

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The fifth of nine CDs in the complete reissue of Billie Holiday's early recordings (sans alternate takes), this great set has 18 selections, all but four featuring tenor saxophonist Lester Young and trumpeter Buck Clayton. Among the classics are "Getting Some Fun Out of Life," "Trav'lin' All Alone," "He's Funny That Way," "My Man," "When You're Smiling" (on which Prez takes a perfect solo), "If Dreams Come True," and "Now They Call It Swing." All nine volumes in this series are highly recommended, but if one can only acquire a single entry, this is the one.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:38
2 2:52
3 3:01
4 2:33
5 2:12
6 2:38
7
feat: Teddy Wilson
3:07
8
feat: Teddy Wilson
3:19
9
feat: Teddy Wilson
3:02
10
feat: Teddy Wilson
3:14
11
feat: Teddy Wilson
2:48
12
feat: Teddy Wilson
2:49
13
feat: Teddy Wilson
2:48
14
feat: Teddy Wilson
3:03
15 2:59
16
feat: Teddy Wilson
3:03
17
feat: Teddy Wilson
2:40
18
feat: Teddy Wilson
2:24
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