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Sounds for Staying Home

by Torch

Swing standards done the standard swing way: smoky, sexy vocals over sweet, simple arrangements with emphasis on the mood and feel of the song.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bye Bye Blackbird
2:31 album only
2. We'll Be Together Again
2:19 album only
3. Exactly Like You
2:29 album only
4. I Got it Bad (and That Ain't Good)
4:38 album only
5. They Can't Take That Away From Me
2:59 album only
6. Dindi
4:32 album only
7. Honeysuckle Rose
3:55 album only
8. Loverman
6:04 album only
9. Four
2:08 album only
10. The Nearness of You
3:59 album only


Album Notes
There is a reason people will always go on romanticizing about listening to "old jazz records." The sounds are tender and powerful and human and magic all at the same time. TorCH is jazz. Swing standards done the standard swing way: Smokey, sexy vocals over sweet, simple arrangements with emphasis on the mood and feel of the song. Jazz is good

Here's more if you're interested....This is by the producer, Brian Beattie:

One of the things I find most charming about mid to late 50's american jazz is the beautiful, almost magical confluence with the music and the recording technology. An upscale american jazz recording session in say, 1957, would really be a relatively simple affair. A few musicians, maybe a couple of german tube microphones and a couple of american ribbon mics, a tube mixing board and a tube reel to reel recorder, most likely an ampex. But when the musicians were hot, and the producers/engineers could keep up with them, the results were no less than staggering.

Torch is a casually mighty group. They play the standards they choose with such ease that it takes a moment to realize how "right" they sound.

That sound is straight out of 1957, with none of the cuteness or irony that mars many modern folks attempts at playing old style jazz. In Torch's hands, the songs are all alive and breathing.

When Seela asked me to record them, I jumped at the chance to use some of those old tried and true recording methods perfected almost half a century ago.

We used tube and ribbon microphones, a tube mixer and a rebuilt tube reel to reel ampex 351, the workhorse machine of the late 50's. The musicians all stood together in a room and made music. The sound they made, and the way it was captured on tape was a lovely and eye opening experience for me. I'm honored to be able to share it.
Enjoy Torch. (It ain't hard to do!)

Brian Beattie
Austin, TX



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Unbelievably silky!
I just can't get this one out of my player. Seela's vocals are intoxicating. This one is a must have for your collection.

CD Baby

The ultimate in intimate, personable jazz vocals with that smoky, stripped down, dimly-lit lounge feel. With swing standards delivered gracefully, the old standard way, it's clear that these artists are well-versed in their approach of emphasizing no-frills, clean and uncluttered delivery. Simple, weightless and light-footed, this album absolutely charms and captivates. Immensely elegant and enjoyable.


The first time I heard Torch was in an interview on public radio when driving into Austin for Christmas last year. I was hooked! They were absolutely OUTSTANDING!! The next day, I tried to find the cd locally but they were sold out! (I wonder why) Purchased 4 Sounds for Staying Home cd's to give as gifts this year so everyone in my family can enjoy and grow to love the sounds of Torch as I have! Seela has the most amazing voice, such a talented woman. The band is extraordinarily talented as well. Thanks for sharing your talent and great music with us!!!


Incrdible must check out!
I first heard Torch in Austin at SXSW. I was just coming into the Elephant Room for a few minutes and Torch came on stage. Let me tell you I stayed for their entire set! I was so impressed that I am now a proud owner of their fabulous cd. If you can't check these guys and gal out I would HIGHLY recommend you get this cd! You won't be let down!


great torch songs
Great versions of the classic songs. Seela has a voice to make Norah Jones jealous.


Pure Artistic greatness....Seela channels Billy Holiday, but makes it her own
This cd is mezmorizing. It immediately takes you back to 1955 and the great standards of those times. The band floats through these songs so effortlessly, it's as if I was listening to Gershwin myself live at The Blue Note. Seela's vocals are haunting, mysterious, but with a bousterous flow that conjures up thoughts that suggest "If Billie Holiday and Fiona Apple had a love child, Seelawould be better than that love child." From start to finish, pure genius.

Old David

I love it. Seela and Torch bring back the silky, sexy small combo sound that I remember from the '50s. I'm 66-years-old, and I'm remembering those great old songs and singing along. Thanks kids!


You won't regret it!
First heard them on wholewheatradio.org and immediately bought the CD. Excellent - I look forward to hearing more!

Michele Parker

We first heard this CD as Los Pinos Ranch Vineyard in Pittsburg, TX and loved it!! Came straight home and bought it. Seela has the most amazing voice, I could just listen to it over and over and over.......


Very enjoyable
I just love this CD, great for listening to in the car. Everytime I play it for someone they ask about it. The arrangements of the songs are wonderful.
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