Mel Tormé (vcl), Marty Paich (dir, arr), Jack Sheldon (tp), Frank Rosolino (tb), Art Pepper (as), Bill Perkins (ts), Victor Feldman (p, vib), Barney Kessel (g), Mel Lewis (d), The Mel-Tones (vcl)
Bar code: 8436019583043
The two albums compiled on this CD provide the only existing testimony of singer/drummer Mel Tormé accompanied by the great Art Pepper. The combination is sublime, for Peppers sound seems to fit particularly well behind Tormés voice. The other important collaboration on these sessions is the one between Tormé and celebrated arranger Marty Paich. However, these are by no means their only works together as they collaborated many times.
The two albums contained on this CD present two different concepts. The first one gives us extraordinary Paich arrangements of Broadway standards, some of them well-known melodies that became Jazz standards, while others have passed into relative obscurity. The second LP is a reunion of the famous Tormé vocal group, The Mel-Tones, which made its first recordings in 1944.
01. Too Close For Comfort
02. Once In Love With Amy
03. A Sleepin' Bee
04. On The Street Where You Live
05. All I Need Is A Girl
06. Just In Time
07. Hello Young Lovers
08. Surrey With The Fringe On Top
09. Old Devil Moon
10. Whatever Lola Wants
11. Too Darn Hot
12. Lonely Town
13. Makin' Whoopee
14. Bubbles, Bangles And Beads
15. What Is This Thing Called Love
16. I've Never Been In Love Before
18. A Bunch Of The Blues / Keester Parade / TNT / Tiny's Blues
19. It Happened In Monterey
20. I Hadn't Anyone 'Til You
21. A Smooth One
22. 'Lil Darlin'
23. Some Like It Hot
24. Hit The Road To Dreamland
Total time: 76:41 min.
Tracks #1-12, from the 1960 album "Mel Tormé Swings Shubert Alley"
Tracks #13-24, from the 1959 album "Back in Town"
No customer reviews yet. Login to leave your impressions!