Billie Holiday – Music For Torching (1955/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 33:47 minutes | 1,48 GB | Genre: Jazz
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Recorded: 23 & 25 August 1955
Music for Torching is a 1955 studio album by jazz vocalist Billie Holiday. The record features covers of “It Had to Be You”, “A Fine Romance”, “I Get a Kick Out of You” and “Come Rain or Come Shine”.
This 1955 collection of standards features a preponderance of ballads, putting the emphasis on Holiday’s voice, stylings and her sensitive, intuitive interpretations. Among the session musicians backing Holiday are Harry “Sweets” Edison on trumpet and Benny Carter on alto sax.
“… Holiday could still sing better than most, her sense of rhythm still mostly intact, her unusual timbre still there (perhaps even a bit more idiosyncratic with age) and still able to tell the story of any song. And what songs she was given for these sessions: there isn’t a dud in the bunch.” –All About Jazz
“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.” — AllMusic
1. It Had To Be You 04:04
2. Come Rain Or Come Shine 04:24
3. I Don’t Want To Cry Anymore 03:56
4. I Don’t Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You 04:29
5. A Fine Romance 03:34
6. Gone With The Wind 03:26
7. I Get A Kick Out Of You 05:42
8. Isn’t This A Lovely Day? 04:12
Billie Holiday, vocal
Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, trumpet
Benny Carter, alto saxophone
Jimmy Rowles, piano
Barney Kessel, guitar
Larry Bunker, drums
John Simmons, bass