Blue Note Plays Billie Holiday is a solid single-disc collection of standards associated with legendary vocalist Billie Holiday that were culled from various Blue Note releases. Included are such cuts as trumpeter Clifford Brown's 1953 version of "Easy Living" off New Star on the Horizon and tenor saxophonist Ike Quebec's take on "Lover Man" from his 1961 album It Might as Well Be Spring. While hardcore collectors will most likely own the complete albums these recordings are taken from, this is nonetheless a very enjoyable collection. As an introduction to the classic Blue Note catalog, the Blue Note Plays... collections are a nice place to start.
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AllMusic Review by Matt Collar