Billie Holiday At Storyville on LP from ORG Music
If the world could hear every single recording ever made by one vocalist, picking Billie Holiday to make such a fantasy come true would be a stellar choice. For evidence, consider the extremely sought-after At Storyville, a collection assembled from the iconic singer’s 1951 and 1953 performances at the Boston nightclub.
Holiday sinks into each song with unfettered emotion, her relaxed approach drawing out myriad shades and expressiveness, her command of tempo and feeling simply extraordinary. She’s backed on several songs by Stan Getz, yet her seductive delivery and intimate, deep timbre needn’t any help. This is one for the ages.
Originally released by the UK label Black Lion, an imprint that specialized in resurrecting rare gems from US jazz and blues legends, At Storyville stands as a characteristic example of Holiday’s bold live presence and a can’t-miss opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts to get closer to the woman and her music.
"One thing is clear from the opening I Cover The Waterfront, Billie is in full control of herself and in magnificent voice. She is relaxed and confident, as if Wein's magic has worked once again in giving her the musical surroundings she wants. The program comprises old favorites such as Them There Eyes and the timeless Porgy, one of Billie's most intense and moving performances. In fact the entire album shows Billie in rare form..." - Alun Morgain, original liner notes
Previously out of press for over 25 years, this historic recording has now been remastered and pressed on audiophile-grade 140 gram vinyl at Pallas Group in Germany courtesy of ORG Music.
Billie Holiday, vocals
Carl Drinkard (1-7)
Buster Harding, piano (8-13)
Stan Getz, tenor saxophone (11-13)
Jimmmy Woode, bass (1-7)
John Fields, bass (8-13)
Peter Littman, drums (1-7)
Marquis Foster, drums (8-13)
• Billie Holiday captured live at Storyville in Boston in 3 sets separated by 2 years from 1951-1953
• From the Historic Black Lion Records Archive
• Remastered and pressed on audiophile-grade 140-gram vinyl at Pallas Group in Germany
• Previously out of press on vinyl for over 25 years
Billie Holiday At Storyville Track Listing:
1. I Cover The Waterfront
2. Too Marvelous For Words
3. I Love You Porgy
4. Them There Eyes
5. Willow Weep For Me
6. I Only Have Eyes For You
7. You Go To My Head
8. He’s Funny That Way
9. Billie Blues
10. Miss Brown To You
11. Lover Come Back To Me
12. Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do
13. You’re Driving Me Crazy