Saturday, February 25, 2017

Billie Holiday - All or Nothing at All

This two-disc set features some of Billie Holiday's top Verve performances from the mid-'50s. Over the course of 28 cuts, she runs the emotional gamut from summery optimism ("Love Is Here to Stay") to pathos-rich musings ("Ill Wind"). Befitting her perennial after-hours mood while at the label, the majority of songs here feature Holiday in a low-down mood of the highest order : her versions of "Moonlight in Vermont" and "A Foggy Day" are classics of the jazz vocal tradition. And the supporting cast isn't bad either, what with the likes of Harry Edison, Barney Kessel, Ben Webster, and Jimmy Rowles tagging along. A gem.
Stephen Cook

Source :

Billie Holyday
All or Nothin' at All
(Billie Holiday Story, vol. 7)


Cd. 1

1 Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me (Ellington, Russell)  4:12
2 Cheek to Cheek (Berlin)  3:35
3 Ill Wind (Arlen, Koehler)  6:14
4 Speak Low (Nash, Weill)  4:25
5 We'll Be Together Again (Fischer, Laine)  4:24
6 All or Nothing at All (Altman, Lawrence)  5:39
7 Sophisticated Lady (Ellington, Mills, Parish)  4:48
8 April in Paris (Duke, Harburg)  3:02
9 I Wished on the Moon (Parker, Rainger)  3:25
10 Moonlight in Vermont (Blackburn, Suessdorf)  3:49
11 A Foggy Day (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:40
12 I Didn't Know What Time It Was (Hart, Rodgers)  5:59
13 Just One of Those Things (Porter)  5:31
14 Comes Love [alt. take] (Brown, Stept, Tobias)  3:58
15 Comes Love (Brown, Stept, Tobias)  4:00


Cd. 2

1 Day In, Day Out (Bloom, Mercer)  6:47
2 Darn That Dream (DeLange, Van Heusen)  6:19
3 But Not for Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:48
4 Body and Soul (Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour)  6:22
5 Just Friends (Klenner, Lewis)  6:26
6 Stars Fell on Alabama (Parish / Frank Perkins)  4:29
7 Say It Isn't So (Berlin)  3:22
8 Love Is Here to Stay (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:41
9 One for My Baby (And One More for the Road) (Arlen, Mercer)  5:39
10 They Can't Take That Away from Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  7:10
11 Embraceable You (Gershwin, Gershwin)  6:47
12 Let's Call the Whole Thing Off (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:24
13 Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You (Razaf, Redman)  5:37


Billie Holiday - vc
Harry "Sweets" Edison - tp
Ben Webster - ts
Barney Kessel - g
Jimmy Rowles - p
Joe Mondragon or Red Mitchell [# Cd. 1, # 5-15] - b
Alvin Stoller or [probably] Larry Bunker [Cd. 2, # 10-13] - dr

Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood ; August 14 & 18, 1956 [Cd. 1, # 1-4 & 5-8] ; at Capitol Studio, Hollywood ; January 3 & 4, 1957 [Cd. 1, # 9-11 & 12-15] ; & January 7, 8 & 9, 1957 [Cd. 2, # 1-4, 5-9 & 10-13]


Melanchthon said...

Anonymous said...

Oh,please,how open, thanks

Joy Spring said...

Fantastic...flac with Mr Barney on guitar and Mr"brute" on sax....thank You so much...i'm looking LP of it

Ананасий Непитин said...

2 Anonymous^ use 7-zip to unpack this split archive.
download from & instal, it's free.
for non-Windows platform try PeaZip (also free)
inflating 7-zip split archives under MacOS... i have no experience in it, so no advices, sorry.
dear Melanchthon, as always, you championed...
lot of thanks,

Ананасий Непитин said...

to add just a few notes for Anonymous:
the recent versions of JDownloader unpack such split-archives without any external software. you can use either the OS-specific variant, or the multi-OS JAR archive without an installer for MacOS.

The Jackal said...

Strong contrast with Lester and Billie. Look forward to this collectio.
Thanks again and always Mr Mel

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much Mel

deGallo said...

Thank you.

hippocampe said...

The Goddess of soul...
many thx

Luis Lorenzo said...

Thank Mel!

Arewenotmen? said...

Un nouveau très grand merci pour tout !

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks again Mel!

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you very much!

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jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!