Billie Holiday

The Quintessential Billie Holiday – 1937

The fourth of nine CDs in this essential series of Billie Holiday’s studio recordings of 1933-1942 features the great tenor Lester Young on eight of the 16 performances. Prez and Lady Day make a perfect match on “I’ll Get By” (although altoist Johnny Hodges steals the honors on that song), “Mean to Me,” “Easy Living,” “Me, Myself and I,” and “A Sailboat in the Moonlight.”

Other strong selections without Young include “Moanin’ Low,” “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” and “Where Is the Sun?” It’s highly recommended, along with all of the other CDs in this perfectly done Billie Holiday reissue program.

–AllMusic