Eddie Higgins – Standards by Request, Solo Piano – 1st Day (2008) [Japan 2015]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 60:12 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 2,46 GB
or DSD64 Stereo (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Front/Rear Covers | 2,38 GB
or FLAC (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/44,1 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 520 MB
Pianist Eddie Higgins may not be well known in the U.S., but he is hands down the most famous and prolific musician on the Venus Records roster. Since his 1997 Venus debut, Higgins has released more than 20 albums from the label. This release is the first from a pair of solo piano albums that include a collection of standards requested by readers of Swing Journal. Forty of the top requests were given to Higgins and the plan was to record material for only one album. However, after recording 15 tracks on the first day – an extraordinary feat in itself – Higgins wanted to continue. So another recording took place the next day where Higgins recorded another 15 tracks.
The tracks on this release are presented in the order they were recorded. No music sheets were involved. Higgins is so talented as a pianist that his own arranging and pacing of tunes – as well as its spontaneous arrangement – were highly successful. The producer didn’t feel the need to change a thing. Standards by Request 1st Day shows why Higgins is such a popular artist. It’s all here – the beautiful sound, exquisite touch, stylish swing, and harmonious improvisation. Sit back and enjoy the work of a master!
01. It’s Magic
02. Easy Living
03. Gone With The Wind
04. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
05. Dear Old Stockholm
06. I Thought About You
07. You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To
08. My Old Flame
09. Once Upon A Summertime
10. Smoke Gets In Yours Eyes
11. Portrait In Black And White
12. In the Wee Small Hours
13. The Man I Love
14. These Foolish Things
15. Stella By Starlight
Eddie Higgins – piano
Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Tetsuo Hara. Engineered by Shuji Kitamura.
Recorded on August 29, 2008 at The Audio City Studio in Tokyo, Japan.
Venus Hyper Magnum Sound Direct Mix. VENUS Japan # VHGD-87.