50th Anniversary Commemoration Edition of the TORMÉ-PAICH legendary sessions. A milestone in the history of vocal jazz, with fully illustrated booklet (rare & unpublished photos). The definitive edition.
Fascinated by the sound of the 1953 Gerry Mulligan Ten-tette, Mel Tormé had always felt that these same patterns, re-worked for the proper vocalist, could blend voice and instrument to the mutual satisfaction of both. In 1956, this idea became a reality. The task of selecting musicians who could produce this sound was given to the versatile pianist-arranger Marty Paich who, in fact, co-featured with Mel on these recordings.The voice of Mel, Marty Paichs arrangements and his Dek-tette all blend to produce an outstanding jazz-oriented sound and feeling. Although five decades have passed, these masterpieces remain universally acknowledged as a milestone in the history of vocal jazz.
01. Lulus Back In Town
02. I Love To Watch The Moonlight
03. When April Comes Again
04. The Carioca
05. The Lady Is A Tramp
06. When The Sun Comes Out
07. Lullaby Of Birdland
08. The Blues
09. Fascinatin Rhythm
10. Keeping Myself For You
11. I Like To Recognize The Tune
12. Sing For Your Supper
13. Nice Work If You Can Get It
14. Something Gotta Give
15. A Foggy Day
16. A Fine Romance
17. Lets Call The Whole Thing Off
18. Top Hat, White Tie & Tails
19. The Way You Look Tonight
20. The Piccolino
21. They Cant Take That Away From Me
22. Cheek To Cheek
23. Lets Face The Music And Dance
24. They All Laughed
Tracks #1-12, from the 12" album "Mel Tormé & the Marty Paich Dek-tette" (Bethlehem BCP 52)
Tracks #13-24, from the 12" album "Mel Tormé Sings Fred Astaire" (Bethlehem BCP-6013)
Tracks #1-8: Don Fagerquist, Pete Candoli (tp), Bob Enevoldsen (vtb), Bud Shank (as, fl), Bob Cooper (ts), Jack Dulong (bs), Vince de Rosa (frh), Albert Pollan (tuba), Red Mitchell (b), Mel Lewis (d).
Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California, January 16 & 17, 1956
Tracks #9-12: Jack Montrose (ts) replaces Bob Cooper, and John Cave (frh) replaces Vince de Rosa.
Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California, January 18, 1956
Tracks #13-24: Don Fagerquist, Pete Candoli (tp), Bob Enevoldsen (vtb), Herb Geller (as), Jack Montrose (ts), Jack Dulong (bs), Vince de Rosa (frh), Albert Pollan (tuba), Max Bennett (b), Alvin Stoller (d).
Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California, November 10 & 11, 1956
Original recordings produced by Red Clyde
Recording engineer: Val Valentin
Compiled & produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
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