Billie Holiday records ‘Music For Torching’ with Harry Sweets Edison, Benny Carter, Barney Kessel et al (1955)

Billie Holiday‘s ‘Music For Torching’ is a studio album recorded on August 23 & 25, 1955 and released In October 1955 By Clef.

Track Listing : 1.It Had To Be You (Isham Jones, Gus Kahn) – 04:02 . 2.Come Rain Or Come Shine (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) – 04:23 . 3.I Don’T Want To Cry Anymore (Victor Schertzinger) – 03:55 . 4.I Don’T Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You (Victor Young, Ned Washington, Bing Crosby) – 04:29 . 5.A Fine Romance (Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields) – 03:35 . 6.Gone With The Wind (Allie Wrubel, Herb Magidson) – 03:26 . 7.I Get A Kick Out Of You (Cole Porter) – 05:42 . 8.Isn’T This A Lovely Day? (Irving Berlin) – 04:16

Chuck Stewart

Musicians : Billie Holiday – Vocal . Harry Sweets Edison – Trumpet . Benny Carter – Alto Saxophone . Jimmy Rowles – Piano . Barney Kessel – Guitar . Larry Bunker – Drums . John Simmons – Bass

Production : Produced By Norman Granz

Package : Chuck Stewart asterisques RVM – Photography

Recorded On August 23 & 25, 1955.

Released In October 1955 By Clef.

(Source Billie Holiday‘s ‘Music For Torching’ | Official Site)


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Billie Holiday‘s ‘Music For Torching’


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