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Ray Ellis February 20, 1958

Content State: draft
genre: Swing, Vocal jazz
Recording Date: 
1958-02-20
Label Name: 
Columbia
Leader(s): 
Ray Ellis
Skill/instrument: 
trombone
Skill/instrument: 
trombone
Skill/instrument: 
bass trombone
Skill/instrument: 
Reeds
Skill/instrument: 
Reeds
Skill/instrument: 
Reeds
Skill/instrument: 
Reeds
Skill/instrument: 
xylophone
Skill/instrument: 
harp
Skill/instrument: 
piano
Skill/instrument: 
guitar
Skill/instrument: 
bass
Skill/instrument: 
drums
Skill/instrument: 
vocal
Personnel: 
Urbie Green
Personnel: 
J.J. Johnson
Personnel: 
Tom Mitchell
Personnel: 
Tom Parshley
Personnel: 
Romeo Penque
Personnel: 
Phil Bodner
Personnel: 
Ed Powell
Personnel: 
Bradley Spinney
Personnel: 
Janet Putnam
Personnel: 
Mal Waldron
Personnel: 
Barry Galbraith
Personnel: 
Milt Hinton
Personnel: 
Don Lamond
Personnel: 
Billie Holiday
Ensemble Size: 
big_band
Venue Type: 
studio
Venue Location: 
New York, New York
Session Details: 

See sessions from 2/18 & 2/19 for more information, but basically Varela and Lord differ on exact dates and even compositions. They both, in total have the same songs being played, but different matrix numbers and dates. There is a little discrepancy in personnel, too, for this session (2/20 in Varela), but's hard to give creedence to Lord's data over Varela's, or vice versa. Furthermore, the differences lie in the string section which does not appear relevant to a jazz discography, as the players do not appear to be jazz regulars, but house-classical musicians. Finally, we have made it a rule so far to privilege Varela's work over Lord's when necessary, since he seems to have a deeper knowledge as reflected by the track times and composer information. (Although in this case, Lord also lists alternate/false start/breakdowns too, which Varela omits for some reason). 

Particularly confusing is "The End of a Love Affair", where Lord and Varela both list three full takes, but Lord has them split between two different dates, with one omitting Holiday on vocals, and Varela calling one of the takes 'The Audio Story', whatever that means. -JS

Sources: 
Alberto Varela's Billie Holiday Discography; Tom Lord (lordisco.com)