Mel Torme - At The Crescendo: Complete Recordings 1954 & 1957 (2011)

Published On: 19-03-2015, 23:55

Artist: Mel Torme
Title Of Album: At The Crescendo: Complete Recordings 1954 & 1957
Year Of Release: 2011
Genre: Jazz/Pop Vocals
Label: Fresh Sound Records
Format: MP3
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 61:12+58:49
Total Size: 146+140 Mb
Covers: Front

CD 1:
01. From This Moment On (1:41)
02. September Song (2:50)
03. That Old Black Magic (3:14)
04. Get Out Of Town (3:22)
05. My Shining Hour (3:03)
06. Goody Goody (2:27)
07. County Fair (5:12)
08. This Christmas Song (3:04)
09. A Stranger In Town (3:25)
10. I Wish I Were In Love Again (2:08)
11. Moonlight In Vermont (2:26)
12. You're Driving Me Crazy (2:12)
13. Bernie's Tune (3:05)
14. Our Love Is Here To Stay (2:24)
15. Old Devil Moon (3:16)
16. Blue Moon (2:35)
17. Have You Met Miss Jones (2:47)
18. Jeepers Creepers (3:00)
19. Mountain Greenery (2:25)
20. Imagination (3:21)
21. Get Happy (3:02)

CD 2:
01. It's Only A Paper Moon (3:11)
02. What Is This Thing Called Love (4:03)
03. One For My Baby (4:44)
04. Love Is Just A Bug (2:31)
05. A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square (2:52)
06. Autumn Leaves (3:03)
07. Just One Of Those Things (2:29)
08. The Girl Next Door (2:58)
09. Lover Come Back To Me (2:43)
10. Looking At You (2:49)
11. The Tender Trap (3:23)
12. I'm Beginning To See The Light (2:23)
13. It's All Right With Me (4:26)
14. Manhattan (3:14)
15. Taking A Chance (1:59)
16. Home By The Sea (1:52)
17. It's De-Lovely (2:42)
18. Tenderly (2:19)
19. I Wish I Was In Love Again (2:29)
20. Nobody's Heart (2:28)

One of those singers who could sing a grocery list and make it work, Mel Torme never met a song he couldn't at least make memorable, and in most cases, he did a whole lot more than that. Torme wasn't a singer who fed off of glitz and flash, and his vocal work was full of such subtle and effortlessly inventive phrasing that it's easy to miss how he never sings a successive verse exactly the same in a song, working the edges of the melody so deftly that it all seems naturally right, even if what he's really doing is working his vocals like a veteran horn player. What this means is that Torme, who had his successes in the recording studio, certainly, was really at his most transcendent as a vocalist in a live setting, and these two sets, recorded three years apart in 1954 and 1957 at the Crescendo on Sunset Strip with the Al Pellegrini Trio (1954) and the Marty Paich Quintet (1957), are the perfect proof of that. This is Mel Torme in his element giving classics like the Gershwins' "Our Love Is Here to Stay" an almost perfect reading, feeding the melody the intimacy it cries for, scat singing (a Torme specialty) his way through "Bernie's Tune" like a jazz trumpet player, and approaching "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" with just the right touch to bring out its inherent dignity. He does more of the same to two of his own compositions, the brilliant "Stranger in Town" and the so-good-it-seems-like-it's-been-around-forever holiday classic "The Christmas Song." Graceful, warm, and spry, Torme's singing always fits his material, and he gently bends the melodies, shifts emphasis on the rhythm, and elegantly turns phrases in subtle little ways on song after song during these performances, but it's all done with such seemingly effortless ease that he appears to be singing everything straight and true. He isn't. A close listen to what he's doing reveals continual and delightful surprises, all of them carrying the song where it really wants to go. With 41 tracks on two discs, this is both a great introduction to Torme's elegant vocal universe and a historic pairing of his two Crescendo nights in a single package, which, amazingly, no one has thought to do before. ~Review by Steve Leggett

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