Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Billie Holiday - Music for Torching

The overall feeling on this 1955 recording, which was originally titled Velvet Mood, is strictly after-hours : the party is long over but a few close friends remain for nightcaps and, is that the sun peeking through the window ? With slow tempo songs outnumbering not-so-slow songs fourteen to four, producer Norman Granz may or may not have had concept album on his mind. Whatever the case, he brought together a brilliant cross-section of cats who evidently put Billie entirely at ease and in the mood--no small feat when one considers her spotty later recordings.
Lady Day's renderings here of "It Had to Be You" and "Isn't This a Lovely Day?" are timeless gems. Other highlights include Harry "Sweets" Edison and Benny Carter taking turns answering Holiday's vocalizations line by line, interviews in the liner notes with surviving members of the session, and a rehearsal track of Duke Ellington's "Prelude to a Kiss" recorded the night before by the bass player in his basement.
All Music

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-billie-holiday-story-vol-5-music-for-torching-mw0000176051

Billie Holiday
Music for Torching
(Billie Holiday Story, vol. 5)


1 I Don't Want to Cry Anymore (Schertzinger)  3:54
2 Prelude to a Kiss (Ellington, Gordon, Mills)  5:32
3 I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You (Crosby, Washington, Young)  4:26
4 When Your Lover Has Gone (Swan)  4:58
5 Gone With the Wind (Magidson, Wrubel)  3:23
6 Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone (Clare, Stept)  4:19
7 It Had to Be You (Jones, Kahn)  4:00
8 Nice Work If You Can Get It (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:47
9 Come Rain or Come Shine (Arlen, Mercer)  4:22
10 I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues (Arlen, Koehler)  5:51
11 What's New ? (Burke, Haggart)  4:16
12 A Fine Romance [alt. take] (Fields, Kern)  2:44
13 A Fine Romance [master take] (Fields, Kern)  3:32
14 I Hadn't Anyone Till You (Noble)  4:02
15 I Get a Kick Out of You (Porter)  5:40
16 Everything I Have Is Yours (Adamson, Lane)  4:30
17 Isn't This a Lovely Day ? (Berlin)  4:11
18 Prelude to a Kiss [rehearsal excerpt] (Ellington, Gordon, Mills)  2:46


Billie Holiday - vc
Harry "Sweets" Edison - tp [except # 5, 11, 14 & 16]
Benny Carter - as [except # 5, 10, 14 & 16]
Jimmy Rowles - p & cel [# 14]
Barney Kessel - g
John Simmons - b
Larry Bunker - dr

Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood ; August 23 [# 1-8] & August 25 [# 9-17], 1955


Melanchthon said...


Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very Mel

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

deGallo said...

Thank you.

rowgatien said...

Thanks very much!

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Joy Spring said...

Thank you...it's impossible to have all records were Barney played... :)

Gil said...

mille fois merci.

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you Mel!

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!