Billie Holiday

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

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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

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 Stream
1 Billie Holiday 02:38 Amazon
2 Billie Holiday 02:52 Amazon
3 Billie Holiday 03:01 Amazon
4 Billie Holiday 02:33 Amazon
5 Billie Holiday 02:12 Amazon
6 Billie Holiday 02:38 Amazon
7 Billie Holiday feat: Teddy Wilson 03:07 Amazon
8 Billie Holiday feat: Teddy Wilson 03:19 Amazon
9 Billie Holiday feat: Teddy Wilson 03:02 Amazon
10 Billie Holiday feat: Teddy Wilson 03:14 Amazon
11 Billie Holiday feat: Teddy Wilson 02:48 Amazon
12 Billie Holiday feat: Teddy Wilson 02:49 Amazon
13 Billie Holiday feat: Teddy Wilson 02:48 Amazon
14 Billie Holiday feat: Teddy Wilson 03:03 Amazon
15 Billie Holiday 02:59 Amazon
16 Billie Holiday feat: Teddy Wilson 03:03 Amazon
17 Billie Holiday feat: Teddy Wilson 02:40 Amazon
18 Billie Holiday feat: Teddy Wilson 02:24 Amazon
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