Compact Jazz: Mel Torme

Compact Jazz: Mel Torme

by Mel TorméMel Tormé


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Having led the sugary, post-war vocal group the Mel-Tones and subsequently been saddled with the "Velvet Fog" moniker, Mel Tormé probably found it hard to prove he was a legitimate vocal talent. This fine compilation from Verve should help clear the air for those still in doubt. Comprised of songs from Tormé's prime period of 1958-1961, Compact Jazz: Mel Torme spotlights the singer's impeccable phrasing and wide vocal range on 16 topnotch cuts. Showing range in taste as well, Tormé enlivens both old standards like "Body and Soul" and (for the time) modern jazz material such as Thelonious Monk's "'Round Midnight." And along big-band lines, Tormé veers toward the rarefied with obscure gems like Count Basie's "Blue and Sentimental" and Ivie Anderson's classic Ellington vocal "Truckin'." Getting back to more progressive fare, Compact Jazz also includes four top examples of Tormé's work with West Coast bebop arranger Marty Paich, including "Too Close for Comfort" and "Whatever Lola Wants." Not to stop there, the disc features four stunning Tormé originals in "Stranger in Town," "Welcome to the Club," "Born to be Blue," and the holiday favorite "The Christmas Song." And with arranger Johnny Mandel adding his very valuable two cents plus a cameo by the Mel-Tones thrown in for good measure, this collection qualifies as a great introduction to Tormé's music.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0042283328228
catalogNumber: 833282


  1. Too Close for Comfort  - Mel Tormé
  2. A Stranger in Town  - Mel Tormé
  3. Don't Get Around Much Anymore  - Mel Tormé
  4. Body and Soul  - Mel Tormé
  5. The Surrey with the Fringe on Top  - Mel Tormé
  6. Welcome to the Club  - Mel Tormé
  7. Sent for You Yesterday (And Here You Come Today)  - Mel Tormé
  8. Truckin'  - Mel Tormé
  9. Born to Be Blue  - Mel Tormé
  10. Whatever Lola Wants  - Mel Tormé
  11. 'Round Midnight  - Mel Tormé
  12. Take the "A" Train  - Mel Tormé
  13. Blue Moon  - Mel Tormé
  14. Just in Time  - Mel Tormé
  15. Blue and Sentimental  - Mel Tormé
  16. The Christmas Song  - Mel Tormé

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mel Tormé   Primary Artist,Vocals
Victor Feldman   Vibes
Mel Lewis   Drums
Shelly Manne   Drums
Art Pepper   Alto Saxophone
Bill Perkins   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Rowles   Piano
Stu Williamson   Trumpet,Valve Trombone
Porcino   Trumpet
Red Callender   Tuba
Teddy Edwards   Tenor Saxophone
Hendrickson   Guitar
Bill Hood   Baritone Saxophone
Jack Sheldon   Trumpet
Joe Maini   Alto Saxophone
Johnny Mandel   Conductor
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Marty Paich   Piano,Conductor
Frank Rosolino   Trombone
Vincent DeRosa   French Horn

Technical Credits

Art Pepper   Contributor
Mel Tormé   Contributor
Russell Garcia   Producer
Sue Allen   Contributor
Norman Granz   Producer
James Isaacs   Liner Notes
Tom Kenny   Contributor
Johnny Mandel   Arranger,Contributor
Marty Paich   Arranger,Contributor
Mel-Tones   Contributor
Ginny O'Connor   Contributor
Bernie Parke   Contributor
Wally Stott   Contributor

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