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The Complete Verve Studio Master Takes

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One of the first box sets for completists only, 1993's ten-disc The Complete Billie Holiday on Verve 1945-1959 was considered nearly a necessity by anyone interested in jazz vocals. Verve returned to the catalog 12 years later with a much tighter, much smarter collection: The Complete Verve Studio Master Takes. Encompassing six discs, the set skips the many live performances and the few alternate takes included on the previous box. Overall, the work compares well to her earlier material for Columbia. Although the old familiar cracks rarely appeared in her voice during her Columbia, Decca, and Commodore years, the song selections weren't all gold, and the needs of that era (the 1930s and '40s) dictated that each side end around the three-minute mark. With Verve during the '50s, Holiday recorded nothing but standards in the studio, and indulged in many longer performances that often resulted in relaxed, methodical songs. Aside from Holiday's mastery of vocal jazz as a form, the practice also allowed for some lengthy, perfectly loving solos by musicians including Ben Webster ("Ill Wind") Harry "Sweets" Edison ("I Didn't Know What Time It Was," "Day in, Day Out"), Benny Carter ("I Get a Kick Out of You," "Prelude to a Kiss"), and Charlie Shavers ("I Wished on the Moon"). If the previous "Complete on Verve" set was an expensive bauble that listeners rarely returned to, this "Complete Verve" is a much brighter proposition. (The accordion-like packaging, however, leaves much to be desired.)

Biografía

Nacido/a: Baltimore, MD, 07 de abril de 1915

Género: Jazz

Años de actividad: '30s, '40s, '50s

La primera cantante de jazz popular que conmovió al público con el intenso sentimiento personal del blues clásico, Billie Holiday, cambió el arte de la voz estadounidense del pop para siempre. Es difícil creer que antes de su surgimiento, los cantantes de jazz y pop estaban atados a la tradición del Tin Pan Alley y raramente personalizaban sus canciones; sólo los cantantes de blues como Bessie Smith y Ma Rainey daban la impresión de haber vivido lo que estaban cantando. Holiday revolucionó el pop...
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