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Mel Torme: Capitol Rarities 1949-1952 (CD: DRG)Mel Torme: Capitol Rarities 1949-1952 (CD: DRG)
 


Price:  £13.99 


Mel Torme: Plays It Cool (CD: Metro)
Fabulous recordings from a superb orchestral session and legendary live New York performances, featuring one of the greatest jazz singers of all time in the finest voice of his entire career. 


Price:  £6.99 

Mel Torme: Plays It Cool (CD: Metro)


Mel Torme: Jazz And Velvet (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)Mel Torme: Jazz And Velvet (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)
Mel Torme, known as "The Velvet Fog" was a true original and the model of everything a jazz singer should be. With superb diction, impeccable taste in material, a highly developed sense of rhythm and beautiful high baritone voice he became a radio and recording star in his own right but his talents also stretched to arranging, writing music as well as books and TV & Radio. However, it's as a singer that he's most fondly remembered and it's the early part of his singing career that this 4CD set concentrates on, including his renditions of standards and popular songs, still held up as the definitive versions by many a jazz authority. (Proper Records) 


Price:  £15.49 


Mel Torme: It's A Blue World (CD: Bethlehem/ Charly)
 


Price:  £10.99 

Mel Torme: It's A Blue World (CD: Bethlehem/ Charly)


Mel Torme: Sings His Own California Suite (CD: Fresh Sound)Mel Torme: Sings His Own California Suite (CD: Fresh Sound)
For the first time on one CD, the two ‘California Suite’ versions as recorded by Mel Tormé with the orchestras conducted by Hal Mooney (Capitol, 1949) and Marty Paich (Bethlehem, 1957). An historic musical event, reissued in a very special digipak sleeve, including two different and comprehensive booklets full of memorabilia, photos and lyrics. Featured soloists include: Conrad Gozzo, Pete Candoli, Don Fagerquist (tp), Bob Enevoldsen (vtb), Si Zentner (tb), Ronnie Lang (as), Babe Russin, Ted Nash (ts), and Barney Kessel (g).

“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 - Paich’s real genius exploded like a bombshell in the studios. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £12.99 


Mel Torme & The Marty Paich Dek-Tette (CD: Fresh Sound)
 


Price:  £12.99 

Mel Torme & The Marty Paich Dek-Tette (CD: Fresh Sound)


Mel Torme: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)Mel Torme: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
"Mel Torme With The Marty Paich Dek-tette"; "Mel Torme Swings Shubert Alley"; "Torme" and "I Dig The Duke, I Dig The Count". What a great voice this guy had! Don't let the square looks fool you, this fellow was cool. Mel had been a child prodigy and went on to write his first hit at the age of sixteen when his song "Lament In Love" was recorded by Harry James. In the early 1940s he drummed for the Chico Marx band and later formed a vocal group, The Mel -Tones which would become an influence on later jazz vocal groups such as Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, The Four Freshmen and Manhattan Transfer. By 1947 he had begun his solo career as a jazz singer and in the mid 1950s began a highly successful collaboration with Marty Paich. We feature three of his classics on our fine set. Our final selection features Mel paying tribute to jazz greats Duke Ellington and Count Basie, how could he go wrong. Settle back and be astonished by the fabulous singing style of Mr Mel Torme. Oh and did you know he wrote over 250 songs and one of them was the famous Christmas hit "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" which he always said was his annuity! (AVID Entertainment) 


Price:  £8.99 


Mel Torme: Comin' Home Baby (CD: Atlantic)
 


Price:  £9.99 

Mel Torme: Comin' Home Baby (CD: Atlantic)


Mel Torme: Sunday In New York (CD: Atlantic)Mel Torme: Sunday In New York (CD: Atlantic)
 


Price:  £9.99 


Mel Torme: Live At The Maisonette (CD: Atlantic)
 


Price:  £9.99 

Mel Torme: Live At The Maisonette (CD: Atlantic)


Mel Torme, Gerry Mulligan & George Shearing: The Classic Concert Live (CD: Concord- US Import)Mel Torme, Gerry Mulligan & George Shearing: The Classic Concert Live (CD: Concord- US Import)
 


Price:  £15.99 

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