Mel Tormé, Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass
Mel Tormé & Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass
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||Just Friends||Mel Tormé & Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass||4:48||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||September Song||Mel Tormé & Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass||4:58||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Don'cha Go 'Way Mad||Mel Tormé & Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass||4:29||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||A House Is Not a Home||Mel Tormé & Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass||3:39||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Song Is You||Mel Tormé & Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass||3:47||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Cow Cow Boogie||Mel Tormé||4:03||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||A Handful of Stars / Stars Fell On Alabama||Mel Tormé & Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass||5:37||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Duke Ellington Medley||Mel Tormé & Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass||12:16||Album Only||View In iTunes|
This was a very logical matchup that came out as well on record as it looked on paper. Valve trombonist/arranger Rob McConnell has long led one of the top mainstream jazz big bands, while Mel Tormé blossomed into one of the truly great jazz singers in the 1980s. McConnell's charts suited Tormé perfectly, and the result is this consistently enjoyable and swinging album. The singer is quite enthusiastic and in top form on "Just Friends," a touching "September Song," "Don't 'Cha Go 'Way Mad," "A House Is Not a Home," "The Song Is You," a whimsical "Cow Cow Boogie," a "Stars" medley, and an exciting six-song Duke Ellington medley. Highly recommended.
The Velvet Fog at His Best
This album is just magical. Mel Torme' heard the Boss Brass at a record store (remember those?) and contacted them to say he loved their sound. This is the first of their two collaborations and their best. If you ever wondered what they meant by Mel Torme' being called the Velvet Fog, just listen to A Handful of Stars. Buy This Album- you will not regret it.
Born: September 13, 1925 in Chicago, IL
Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s