Jazz and Velvet

Jazz and Velvet

by Mel Tormé


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Only the most intrepid Mel Tormé fans have collected his early recordings, which were made from the mid-'40s to the early '50s for a handful of independent labels (Musicraft, Decca, Capitol) and had never been definitively collected before. In yet another feat of anthologizing, the enthusiasts at Proper made history by compiling 95 Tormé performances on a four-disc box set, Jazz and Velvet. Boasting a budget price and featuring better-than-budget sound and notes, the set made it affordable and easy for any level of Mel Tormé fan to own the lion's share of material from a neglected period in his career. Tormé in the '40s was a boy wonder, a figure capable of bewitching the bobby-soxers with his mellifluous high baritone, but also able to mesmerize their older, college-age brothers who studied charts closely and never trucked with crooners. His solo appearances and recordings of the day paved the way for his later career and provided his biggest hits (paced by the only chart-topper of his career, 1949's "Careless Hands"). Nevertheless, Tormé spent much more time in the studio with the Mel-Tones, his harmonically advanced and meticulously arranged vocal group. All of the Mel-Tones recordings are present, with the high spot appearing midway through the first disc -- their 1946 Artie Shaw Orchestra feature "What Is This Thing Called Love?," a boisterous and bouncy charge through one of the most maudlin of torch songs. Disc two is devoted to transcriptions, either small-group features for Tormé alone or orchestra-led numbers with the Mel-Tones. Much of the third disc focuses on songs recorded with the Mel-Tones for a 1948 program which was set at a small college, accounting for original Tormé pleasantries like "Dear Old Fairmont," "Pythagoras You Stagger Us," and "It's Dark on Observatory Hill" (none of them as tepid as their titles indicate). By early 1949, Mel Tormé had become a solo feature for good, acting on the prescient advice of a manager. Although he continued working with the Mel-Tones, most of the hits were his alone, except for a few with fellow Capitol act Peggy Lee. Together they scored a hit with "The Old Master Painter," and Lee contributed to Tormé's ambitious California Suite by playing the Easterner in "Got the Gate on the Golden Gate." Jazz and Velvet features a wealth of Tormé material from an era when he had varying control over his recordings, but none of them would cause the older, wiser artist to feel shamed by his early years.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/27/2004
Label: Proper Box Uk
UPC: 0805520020732
catalogNumber: 73


Disc 1

  1. Willow Road
  2. There's No One But You
  3. Try a Little Tenderness
  4. South America, Take It Away
  5. Born to Be Blue
  6. It Happened in Monterey
  7. Dream Awhile
  8. There's No Business Like Show Business
  9. A Little Kiss Each Morning
  10. When Is Sometime?
  11. It's Easy to Remember
  12. Love Is the Sweetest Thing
  13. They Can't Convince Me
  14. I Got the Sun in the Morning
  15. Along With Me
  16. What Is This Thing Called Love?
  17. For You, For Me, For Evermore
  18. Changing My Tune
  19. Guilty
  20. And So to Bed
  21. Don't You Believe It Dear
  22. It's the Same Old Dream
  23. I Believe
  24. How Are Things in Glocca Morra

Disc 2

  1. April Showers
  2. April in Paris
  3. This Can't Be Love
  4. Isn't It a Lovely Day?
  5. September Song
  6. I Can't Get Started
  7. They Didn't Believe Me
  8. They Can't Take That Away
  9. My Funny Valentine
  10. Country Boy
  11. How Long Has This Been Going On
  12. The Blues
  13. Gone With the Wind
  14. When It's Sleepy Time Down South
  15. A Cottage for Sale
  16. Love Me or Leave Me
  17. Don't Take Your Love from Me
  18. Blues in the Night
  19. Three Little Words
  20. I Cant Give You Anything But Love
  21. Fine and Dandy
  22. The Day You Came Along
  23. County Fair
  24. How High the Moon

Disc 3

  1. That's Where I Came In
  2. I Cover the Waterfront
  3. The Best Things in Life Are Free
  4. Little White Lies
  5. Night and Day
  6. Dear Old Fairmont
  7. You're Driving Me Crazy
  8. You're the Top
  9. When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along
  10. Everything Happens to Me
  11. It's a Most Unusual Day
  12. Pythagoras, How You Stagger Us
  13. The French Lesson
  14. It's Dark on Observatory Hill
  15. I Got the Sun in the Morning
  16. On a Slowboat to China
  17. Brahm's Lullaby
  18. Malt Shop Special
  19. Wish I May, Wish I Might
  20. Careless Hands
  21. You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me
  22. Blue Moon
  23. Again
  24. It's Too Late Now

Disc 4

  1. The Four Wings and the Seven Seas
  2. Sonny Boy
  3. Oh You Beautiful Doll
  4. Got the Gate on the Golden Gate
  5. I Hadn't Anyone Till You
  6. The Old Master Painter
  7. Skylark
  8. Lullaby of the Leaves
  9. The Piccolino
  10. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
  11. The Carioca
  12. I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling
  13. On a Little Street in Singapore
  14. I Like to Recognise the Tune
  15. Stompin' at the Savoy
  16. Don't Fan the Flame
  17. My Buddy
  18. You're a Heavenly Thing
  19. Heart and Soul
  20. Cross Your Heart
  21. A Stranger in Town
  22. Black Moonlight
  23. Do Do Do

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mel Tormé   Primary Artist,Vocals
Baxter   Vocals,Group Member
Buck Clayton   Trumpet,Accompaniment
Tal Farlow   Guitar
Red Norvo   Vibes
Mary Osborne   Guitar
Artie Shaw   Clarinet
Dave Barbour   Guitar
Warren Covington   Trombone,Accompaniment
Johnny Guarnieri   Piano
Dave Lambert   Vocals
Ray Linn   Trumpet
Lou McGarity   Trombone,Accompaniment
Buddy Morrow   Trombone,Accompaniment
Pete Rugolo   Conductor,Accompaniment
Viola   Guitar
Page Cavanaugh   Piano
Dean Elliott   Conductor
Hal Mooney   Conductor,Accompaniment
Frank deVol   Conductor,Vocals
Si Zentner   Trombone,Accompaniment
Herbie Steward   Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Safranski   Bass
Betty Beveridge   Vocals,Group Member
Ralph Brewster   Vocals,Group Member
Maurice Brown   Strings
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet,Accompaniment
Sid Cooper   Reeds
Irving Cottler   Drums,Accompaniment
Dave Barbour Four   Accompaniment
Billy Exner   Drums,Accompaniment
Nick Fatool   Drums
Sid Feller   Conductor,Accompaniment
Stan Fishelson   Trumpet
Barry Galbraith   Piano
Chuck Gentry   Reeds,Baritone Saxophone,Accompaniment
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Ralph Hensel   Xylophone,Vibes,Accompaniment
Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt   Reeds,Alto Saxophone,Accompaniment
Clyde Hurley   Trumpet
Jules Jacobs   Reeds,Accompaniment
Jules Kisher   Reeds,Accompaniment
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Leo Kruczek   Strings
Eddie Kusby   Trombone,Accompaniment
Bob Lawson   Reeds,Accompaniment
Clyde Lombardi   Bass
Mel-Tones   Vocals
Louis Mucci   Trumpet
Buddy Neil   Piano,Accompaniment
Loulie Jean Norman   Vocals,Group Member
Ginny O'Connor   Vocals,Group Member
Page Cavanaugh Trio   Accompaniment
Bernie Parke   Vocals,Group Member
Lou Prisby   Alto Saxophone
Bernie Privin   Trumpet,Accompaniment
Milt Raskin   Piano
Allan Reuss   Guitar,Accompaniment
Harry Rodgers   Trombone
Ralph Rosenlund   Tenor Saxophone
George Schwartz   Trumpet
George Seaberg   Trumpet,Accompaniment
Artie Shapiro   Bass
Norris "Bunny" Shawker   Drums
Phil Stephens   Bass,Accompaniment
Bob Swift   Trombone
Rudy Tanza   Alto Saxophone
Joe Triscari   Trumpet,Accompaniment
Janet Waldo   Vocals
Ollie Wilson   Trombone
Kai Winding   Trombone
Milt Yaner   Reeds
Mel Zelnick   Drums
Tony Faso   Trumpet
Teddy Napoleon   Piano
Eddie Brown   Reeds
Lew Stone   Strings
Harold Mooney   Accompaniment
Frank DeVol & His Orchestra   Accompaniment
Stan Karpenia   Strings
Richman   French Horn
Lou Busch   Conductor,Accompaniment
Mannie Thaler   Reeds
Ray Sabinsky   Strings
Sandor Szatmery   Strings
Philip Solomon   Strings
Garth Dickson   Trombone
Sonny Burke & Orchestra   Accompaniment
George Zornig   Strings
Joe "Cannonball" Lewis   Piano,Accompaniment
Tom Alonge   Strings
Francis L. "Joe" Howard   Trombone,Accompaniment
Conlon, Jud Singers & Orchestra   Vocals
Diz Disruhd   Vocals,Group Member
Barbara Eiler   Vocals,Group Member
Lloyd Pratt   Bass
Ray Linn & His Orchestra   Accompaniment
Mellow Men   Vocals
Susan "Peggy Lee" Melton   Vocals
Harold Mooney & His Orchestra   Accompaniment
Lian Rasey   Trumpet,Accompaniment

Technical Credits

Paul James   Composer
Johannes Brahms   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Billy Hill   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Jolson   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Jimmy Campbell   Composer
Matt Dennis   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Pete Rugolo   Arranger
Chick Webb   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Frank deVol   Arranger
Vernon Duke   Composer
Harold Rome   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Sonny Burke   Arranger,Director
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer
Larry Conley   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Redd Evans   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Adolph Green   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Nancy Hamilton   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Bert Kalmar   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Herbert Magidson   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Lionel Newman   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Harry Beasley Smith   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
Allie Wrubel   Composer
Roger Edens   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Jack Wells   Composer
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra   Composer
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Willard Robison   Composer
Kay Swift   Composer
Joe Young   Composer
Don Rodney   Composer
Louis Silvers   Composer
Maxwell Anderson   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Harold Adamson   Composer
Tom Adair   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Edward Eliscu   Composer
Harry Akst   Composer
Harry Woods   Composer
Harry Link   Composer
Henry Nemo   Composer
Fred Fisher   Composer
Donald Kahn   Composer
Morgan Lewis   Composer
Otis Rene   Composer
Jack Little   Composer
Harold Spina   Composer
Harry Connelly   Composer
Austen Croom   Composer
Robert Emmett Dolan   Composer
Mabel Wayne   Composer
Jack D. Elliot   Composer
Joop Visser   Producer,Liner Notes
Billy Rose   Composer
Nat D. Ayer   Composer

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