Helen Carr – Down In The Depths On The 90th Floor (1955/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 25:04 minutes | 460 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: PrestoClassical | Digital Booklet | © Bethlehem Records
An overlooked vocalist inspired by Billie Holiday, Helen Carr never had time to make her mark on the history of jazz music during her short-lived career. Before her death at the age of 38 she only recorded two albums. Down In The Depths from 1955 sees Carr backed up by an all-star quintet including Charlie Mariano on alto saxophone, Stan Levey on drums, and Carr’s husband, pianist Donn Trenner on piano.
One of the darkest vocal jazz albums of the 50s – packaged with a great title and cover image that features a lone lit window in a New York skyscraper! Helen has incredible backing on the record – a small combo that includes Charlie Mariano on alto sax, Don Fagerquist on trumpet, and Donn Trenner on piano – all gently sliding in behind Carr’s blue vocals in a way that’s similar to some of the Chris Connor work on Bethlehem from the same time. Titles include a near-perfect reading of ‘Down In The Depths On The 90th Floor’, plus ‘Not Mine’, ‘Tulip Or Turnip’, ‘Moments Like This’, ‘I’m Glad There Is You’, and ‘Memory Of The Rain’.
01 – Not Mine
02 – I Don’t Want to Cry Anymore
03 – Tulip or Turnip
04 – Memory of the Rain
05 – Down in the Depths of the 90th Floor
06 – You’re Driving Me Crazy
07 – I’m Glad There Is You
08 – Moments Like This
Remastered in 2013.
Remastered by John Sigmon. Transfer Engineers: Alex Nappi, Dana Pendersen.
Helen Carr – vocals
Charlie Mariano – alto sax
Don Fagerquist – trumpet
Donn Trenner – piano
Max Bennett – bass
Stan Levy – drums