• Billie Holiday: The Complete Commodore & Decca Masters

Now that we’re in the vortex of the holiday shopping season, record labels have all released their box sets for the year—the big-ticket items perfect for gift giving. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be running down some of the best that have crossed my desk in recent months. First order of business: vintage vocal jazz by Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald from Verve.