Easy Living

Easy Living (m. Ralph Rainger, w. Leo Robin)  was written for the 1937 feature film of the same name.  Jazzstandards says:

“Easy Living” did not immediately garner much public attention because it was only performed instrumentally in the original film. However, Billie Holiday recorded it with Teddy Wilson’s Orchestra on June 1, 1937, and their version stayed on the charts for two weeks in July, 1937, peaking at fifteenth position.

Billie Holiday — Session #20 New York, 1 June 1937, with Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra (Brunswick) — Buck Clayton (tp) Buster Bailey (cl) Lester Young (ts) Teddy Wilson (p) Freddie Green (g) Walter Page (b) Jo Jones (d) Billie Holiday (v)

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Clifford Brown Sextet – from Memorial Album, 1954 — Clifford Brown(tp), Gigi Gryce(as), Charlie Rouse(ts), John Lewis(p), Percy Heath(b), Art Blakey(ds) – Audio Video Studios, NYC, 28 August 1953

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Stan Getz — from the Complete Roost Recordings – 1991., according to the provider. If so, then this track is from a live session with Count Basie at Birdland in 1954. It is cut short just as a piano solo begins.

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Howard Roberts – from the album Good Pickin’s – 1959

Personnel: Howard Roberts (guitar); Bill Holman (tenor saxophone); Pete Jolly (piano); Red Mitchell (bass guitar); Stan Levy (drums); Marty Paich

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Chet Baker 17

Chet Baker – from the album Baker’s Holiday: plays and sings Billie Holiday, 1965

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