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Mel Tormé is in terrific form on this collection of broadcast transcriptions originally made for C.P. MacGregor circa 1946-1949. Accompanied by the Page Cavanaugh Trio (including Cavanaugh on piano, and in all likelihood, bassist Lloyd Pratt and guitarist Al Viola) on each of the dozen selections, Tormé swings effortlessly throughout each session. In addition to warm interpretations of standards such as "I Can't Get Started," "April in Paris," "How Are Things in Glocca Mora," and the bittersweet "Cottage for Sale," Tormé is heard singing one of the earliest renditions of his touching ballad "Stranger in Town" and "Country Boy," a piece written by saxophonist Jerry Jerome, a veteran studio musician whose career lasted even longer than the singer's own. Released commercially for the first time in 1978 by the Glendale label, it lapsed from print with the demise of the company. Fans of Mel Tormé will definitely want to make an effort to track down this LP.


Born: 13 September 1925 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Mel Tormé was a jazz-oriented pop singer who worked at his craft steadily from the '40s to the '90s, primarily in nightclubs and concert halls. In his 1988 autobiography, It Wasn't All Velvet (its title a reference to his nickname, "The Velvet Fog," bestowed upon him by a disc jockey in the '40s to describe his husky, wide-ranging voice), he mentioned a wish that he had been born ten years earlier, that is, in 1915 rather than 1925. If he had had his wish, Tormé would have been an exact contemporary...
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