Mel Tormé – A New Album (1980/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 40:29 minutes | 736 MB | Genre: Easy Listening
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Gryphon Records
This 1977 studio release marked jazz singer Mel Tormé’s return to commercial and critical success after an eight-year hiatus.
Recorded in London with The Chris Gunning orchestra featuring Phil Woods.
Melvin Howard Tormé was born in Chicago in 1925 and began singing professionally at the age of four, and began appearing on radio from 1934 to 1941, by which time he had already begun to write songs. His first to find success was ‘Lament To Love’ that was recorded by Harry James in 1940, the most famous among the 300 he wrote was, ‘The Christmas song.’ Two years later Mel joined the Chico Marx Band before appearing in Frank Sinatra’s first major film ‘Higher and Higher’ in 1943.
Mel became the arranger and lead singer for the Mel-Tones in 1943 and the group went on to have hits for Decca Records. In 1947 he went solo and two years later Capitol Records signed him and his first recording for the label, ‘Careless Hands,’ made No.1. There were a number of others during the next year including a duet with Peggy Lee. He composed ‘California Suite’ in 1949 that came out in an old style 78-rpm album and it helped pioneer cool jazz.
With little chart success after 1950 Mel signed with Bethlehem Records in 1955 deciding to immerse himself completely in jazz. In 1958 he made his first record for Verve along with Marty Paich who had been working with Tormé for a number of years, simply called Tormé and recorded in Los Angeles in June it is a masterpiece.
The following year he recorded Ole Tormé with Billy May and another with Marty Paich and The Meltones they called, Back In Town that featured saxophonist, Art Pepper. 1960 he did one of his best albums, Mel Tormé Swings Shubert Alley. A couple more albums followed but then his Verve career was over and shortly after he had an American hit single with ‘Comin’ Home Baby’ Tormé found he was completely out of fashion for the best part of twenty years.
It was only as the 1970s ended that he got the recognition he so richly deserved. In the early eighties, he teamed up with George Shearing on a number of highly acclaimed albums; according to the pianist, “It is impossible to imagine a more compatible musical partner.” A stroke in 1996 ended his career and he passed away three years later on 5 June 1999.
1. All in Love is Fair 05:00
2. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face 03:45
3. New York State of Mind 05:22
4. Stars 05:38
5. Send in the Clowns 04:00
6. Ordinary Fool 05:37
7. When the World Was Young / Yesterday When I Was Young 05:29
8. Bye Bye Blackbird 05:38
Mel Tormé, vocals
Phil Woods, alto saxophone
Gordon Beck, keyboards
Barry Miles, keyboards
Vic Juris, guitar
Brian Hodges, bass
Terry Silverlight, drums
Christopher Gunning, conductor