℗ ℗ 1959 UMG Recordings; A Verve Label Group Release
 

Billie Holiday With Ray Ellis And His Orchestra

Billie Holiday, Ray Ellis And His Orchestra

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1.1
All Of You
Billie Holiday; Ray Ellis And His Orchestra; Ray Ellis; Hank Jones; Osie Johnson; Harry "Sweets" Edison; Barry Galbraith; Milt Hinton; Joe Wilder; Billy Byers; Al Cohn; Danny Bank
2:29
1.2
Sometimes I'm Happy
Billie Holiday; Ray Ellis And His Orchestra; Ray Ellis; Jimmy Cleveland; Hank Jones; Osie Johnson; Harry "Sweets" Edison; Gene Quill; Barry Galbraith; Milt Hinton
2:46
1.3
You Took Advantage Of Me
Billie Holiday; Ray Ellis And His Orchestra; Ray Ellis; Jimmy Cleveland; Hank Jones; Osie Johnson; Harry "Sweets" Edison; Gene Quill; Barry Galbraith; Milt Hinton
3:08
1.4
When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Billie Holiday; Ray Ellis And His Orchestra; Ray Ellis; Jimmy Cleveland; Hank Jones; Osie Johnson; Harry "Sweets" Edison; Gene Quill; Barry Galbraith; Milt Hinton; Ray Ellis And Orchestra
4:04
1.5
There'll Be Some Changes Made
Billie Holiday; Ray Ellis And His Orchestra; Ray Ellis; Hank Jones; Osie Johnson; Harry "Sweets" Edison; Barry Galbraith; Milt Hinton; Joe Wilder; Billy Byers; Al Cohn; Danny Bank
2:52
1.6
'Deed I Do
Billie Holiday; Ray Ellis And His Orchestra; Ray Ellis; Hank Jones; Osie Johnson; Harry "Sweets" Edison; Barry Galbraith; Milt Hinton; Joe Wilder; Billy Byers; Al Cohn; Danny Bank
2:14
1.7
Don't Worry 'Bout Me
Billie Holiday; Ray Ellis And His Orchestra; Ray Ellis; Jimmy Cleveland; Hank Jones; Osie Johnson; Harry "Sweets" Edison; Gene Quill; Barry Galbraith; Milt Hinton
3:08
1.8
All The Way
Billie Holiday; Ray Ellis And His Orchestra; Ray Ellis; Jimmy Cleveland; Romeo Penque; Hank Jones; Kenny Burrell; Joe Benjamin; Janet Putnam; Osie Johnson
3:22
1.9
Just One More Chance
Billie Holiday; Ray Ellis And His Orchestra; Ray Ellis; Jimmy Cleveland; Romeo Penque; Hank Jones; Kenny Burrell; Joe Benjamin; Janet Putnam; Osie Johnson
3:44
1.10
It's Not For Me To Say
Billie Holiday; Ray Ellis And His Orchestra; Ray Ellis; Jimmy Cleveland; Romeo Penque; Hank Jones; Kenny Burrell; Joe Benjamin; Janet Putnam; Osie Johnson
2:26
1.11
I'll Never Smile Again
Billie Holiday; Ray Ellis And His Orchestra; Ray Ellis; Jimmy Cleveland; Romeo Penque; Hank Jones; Kenny Burrell; Joe Benjamin; Janet Putnam; Osie Johnson
3:23
1.12
Baby Won't You Please Come Home
Billie Holiday; Ray Ellis And His Orchestra; Ray Ellis; Hank Jones; Osie Johnson; Harry "Sweets" Edison; Barry Galbraith; Milt Hinton; Joe Wilder; Billy Byers; Al Cohn; Danny Bank
3:03
Total Playing Time    36:39
Billie Holiday (With Ray Ellis And His Orchestra), alternately titled Last Recording, is the last album Billie Holiday released before here death.

After the success of her album, Lady in Satin (1958), Billie Holiday wanted to record another album with arranger Ray Ellis. Ellis had switched from Columbia to MGM, so Billie switched labels also to avoid breaching her contract with Columbia. When she returned to the studio in March 1959, jazz critic and friend of Holiday's Leonard Feather, said Holiday "walked into the studio statuesque and sharp as ever."

Unlike Lady in Satin, Billie Holiday had a lighter string orchestra, minus the choir, and more horns, including a saxophone and a more jazz like feeling. It also demand less fanfare. Songs like "All of You", "'Deed I Do", and "Baby Won't You Please Come Home" have a lighter and happier tempo and do not include strings.

Holiday told Ellis she wanted to “sound like Sinatra” on this album; but she was in such poor health from years of difficulty and substance abuse that a nurse sometimes had to help keep her propped up on a high stool as she sang.

The album was completed on March 11, 1959. Four days later, Billie Holiday's lifelong friend and music partner Lester Young died on March 15, 1959. She would die four months later on July 17, 1959 at the age of 44.
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Tracks 1-12 – contains high-resolution digital transfers of material originating from an analogue master source

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