STS Digital Releases Billie Holliday Tribute on SACD

February 2, in SACD News

STS Digital, a Dutch firm that specializes in audiophile recordings, has announced its latest Multichannel SACD release. The new SACD is entitled In The Small Wee Hours of the Morning and is a tribute to Billie Holliday performed by Lils Mackintosh. This is the third Multichannel SACD release on the STS Digital record label.

Like their earlier releases, it is only available as Hybrid Layer, Multichannel SACD which is playable on both SACD and CD equipment. The disc features Multichannel SACD, Stereo SACD and Stereo CD versions on the music. Here is more information on this album:

In The Small Wee Hours of the Morning: A Tribute to Billie Holliday
Lils Mackintosh
Hybrid Layer Multichannel SACD

(STS Music STS 611133)
In The Small Wee Hours of the Morning was recorded last June at the Bim Huis jazz club in Amsterdam. According to STS Digital, it is their first live Super Audio CD album. The album features 14 songs, most of which are described as “deep ballads” with arrangements by Marius Beets.

STS Digital tells us that Mackintosh has been a well known performer in Europe for over 30 years. In addition to being a well known jazz singer in Europe, she has also performed in several stage productions including “Hair” and “Barnum”.

According to Lils Mackintosh, the story behind this SACD is as follows: “I met Fritz de With, the Super Audio System expert from STS Digital Productions at the end of May 2002. He expressed interest in recording a live Super Audio CD ballad album with me. When we first started talking about this, we both came to the conclusion that it would have to be recorded at the Bim Huis, the Mecca of Amsterdam’s jazz scene. And so it came to be. To me it has become a very special CD because for the first time you are able to experience on CD how I perform live. It is life, the struggle, my love for making music and the support of my musicians that I am able to share with you.”

Album Performers
Lils Mackintosh – Vocals
Berend Van Der Berg – Piano
Marius Beets – Bass
Rene Winter – Drums
Sjoerd Dijkhuizen – Sax

Album Selections
1. Good Morning Heartache (Higginbotham/Fisher)
2. God Bless the Child (Herzog/Holiday)
3. Summertime (Gershwin)
4. In the Wee Small Hours (Mann/Hillard)
5. My Funny Valentine (R. Rodgers/L.Hart)
6. The Shadow of Your Smile (Mandel/Webster)
7. The Summer Knows (M. Legrand/A&M Bergmann)
8. My Man (Charles/Willemetz/Pollock)
9. The Chain (Mackintosh/Bonger)
10. No More Blues (Checade saudade/A.c Jobim/J. Hendricks)
11. That Old Devil (Burton Lane)
12. I’m a Fool to Want You (Wolf/Herron/Sinatra)
13. Don’t Explain (I. Berlin)
14. Dear Dream (Mackintosh)

The SACD “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning” is sold in Europe at performances by Lils Mackintosh as well as at hi-fi stores, the STS Digital web site and the World of Super Audio CD web site in Germany. The price of the SACD is $25 U.S. Dollars plus shipping costs.

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