"Just the experience of being able to hear these recordings in the studio with all of the original stuff, the way they were intended to be heard, it's...it's a joy," Marino says from Sterling Sound in New York.
He's talking of course about the 25 cherry-picked Verve titles that are being reissued as part of another milestone Analogue Productions series. And he's talking about them with a certain reverence that covers his personal musical tastes as well as his appreciation for breathtaking sound and historic performances.
Those reissues you've heard up until now definitely still breathy, warm and rich were made from something less than the master. Prepare to hear the veil removed.
Small jazz groups brought out the best in Billie Holiday -- especially groups as good as the one heard on this classic 1957 recording.
Ben Webster, Harry "Sweets" Edison, and the other members of this stellar ensemble were not just gifted soloists but sensitive accompanists as well. Lady Day was rarely more ably supported than she was on this program of sturdy standards -- and she rarely sounded more luminous.
Super Audio CD
SACD Mono SACD Layer
This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound!
Cut from the Absolute Original Analog Master Tapes!
Original Verve Label Recording
Billie Holiday, vocals
Ben Webster, tenor saxophone
Harry "Sweets" Edision, trumpet
Jimmy Rowles, piano
Barney Kessel, guitar
Red Mitchell, bass
Alvin Stoller, drums
Larry Bunker, drums
1. Body And Soul
2. They Can't Take That Away From Me
3. Darn That Dream
4. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
5. Comes Love
6. Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good To You
7. Embraceable You
8. Moonlight In Vermont
Recorded at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, California in 1957.