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Priceless Jazz Collection: Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday

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Album Review

Priceless Jazz Collection is a budget-priced compilation that intends to give neophytes an affordable introduction to Billie Holiday's Decca recordings. Although purists and collectors will find this sampler incomplete and inconsequential, it nevertheless gives new listeners a good idea of Holiday's Decca sessions by featuring such classics as "Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be?)," "My Man (Mon Homme)," "Crazy He Calls Me," "Good Morning Heartache" and "God Bless the Child."

Biography

Born: April 7, 1915 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s

The first popular jazz singer to move audiences with the intense, personal feeling of classic blues, Billie Holiday changed the art of American pop vocals forever. More than a half-century after her death, it's difficult to believe that prior to her emergence, jazz and pop singers were tied to the Tin Pan Alley tradition and rarely personalized their songs; only blues singers like Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey actually gave the impression they had lived through what they were singing. Billie Holiday's...
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