The Bebop Shop : Body & Soul: Billie, Ella & The Great Jazz Voices : Mel Torme
California Suite was originally a 30-minute lyrical and musical narrative composed and dedicated by Mel Tormé to the Golden State. Mel spent six months writing the piece, which was recorded in 1949 by Capitol Records, and released the following year with notable critical acclaim.
Encouraged by fans and musicians to revisit the concept, eight years later he recorded, this time for Bethlehem, a revitalized, extended version arranged and conducted by Marty Paich, with much more jazz influence than was evident in the original recording - Paichs real genius exploded like a bombshell in the studios. (Discovery Records) Price: £12.99