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The Quintessential Billie Holiday, Vol.5: 1937-1938
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The Quintessential Billie Holiday, Vol.5: 1937-1938
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
 

      
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All Artists: Billie Holiday
Title: The Quintessential Billie Holiday, Vol.5: 1937-1938
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sony
Original Release Date: 3/28/1989
Re-Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Vocal Blues, Traditional Blues, Swing Jazz, Traditional Jazz & Ragtime, Vocal Jazz, Oldies, Vocal Pop, Classic Vocalists, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 074644442328, 0074644442328, 074644442342, 074644442311

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Possibly the BEST Quintessential Set
Peter | East of Los Angeles | 02/05/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This Quintessential #5 may well be the BEST one compiled during her Vocalion-Brunswick (Columbia) years, and that's saying alot considering all nine Quintessential volumes are considered classics in the jazz canon. What distinguishes this particular set is the well-chosen songs and unforgettable performances by Billie and her elite sidemen. I would be hard pressed to find a more joyful Billie than the one captured here. Maybe it's not a coincidence this set came right in the middle of her recording years at Columbia, for she had found that right balance between swing and poignancy in her performances. The earlier sets tend to swung too much while the later sets border on melancholy. This one has just the right amount of both. Billie sounds she's getting a lift from the group of men backing her on instrumentals and what a group: Lester Young, Buck Clayton, Freddie Green, Teddy Wilson. In fact you can hear the sheer joy and pleasure in Billie's singing. This was probably a very happy time in her life and she shares that with the world. Look for the standout swinger tracks: "Travelin' All Alone" "Back in Your Own Backyard" "Born to Love" and "Nice Work If You Can Get It", but really, all the tracks are classics."
Different Billie: young,vibrant and happy
Sasha | at sea...sailing somewhere | 12/27/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"So many singers claim to be influenced by great Lady Day -there are countless tribute albums on the market,where different people are exploring her repertoire (from Anita O'Day,Carmen Mc Rae,Rosemary Clooney and Chet Baker to more recently Tony Bennett,even last Bryan Ferry album sounds very much like something that Billie would record with a small band in 1930's) and still nothing touches me as the real thing.All 9 volumes of her collected works for "Columbia" are stunningly beautiful,seems to me they are just going better as they progress: this one is surprisingly swinging and uplifting.People who remebers Billie only as a singer of sad,gloomy songs,should check this one:"Trav'lin All Alone","He's Funny That Way","Nice Work If You Can Get It","Can't Help Lovin That Man" - they are all melancholic but still rhythmicaly uptempo,and Teddy Wilson piano is simply breathtaking.On the other hand,in the song "Things Are Looking Up" she sounds like a little girl who is trying not to cry,while her heart is broken.Everybody who thinks that Billie Holiday is only about sadness and pain,should hear this volume 5: its different,young and vibrant woman whan she was in her prime,light years away from sad end and "Lady In Satin"."
Classic Billie Holiday!
A. Watkins | Atlanta, GA | 06/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"By far my favorite Billie Holiday cd, and one of my favorite jazz cds of all time. This is Billie at her best. The combination of her beautiful voice and Lester Young's tenor make this album the perfect start for a relaxing Saturday or Sunday morning. No one will ever be able to sing about love to way Billie did!"