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Album Review

This thematic recording, with songs all relating to New York City, has vocalist Mel Tormé singing in fine fashion. Some of the familiar numbers are swingy, some stringy, but all are done with the heartfelt passion of a man who has lived in the Big Apple and has many tales to tell. Among some of the favorites are "Autumn in New York" with its ever poignant and heartbreaking lyric, the jumping "Let Me Off Uptown," a classic rendition of "Harlem Nocturne," and the obligatory "New York, New York." These sessions, reissued from Atlantic label recordings of 1963, have a disclaimer regarding the transfer from analog to digital, in that quality may be lost in spots. Don't let that dissuade you, as any dropouts are minimal. These are well done and worthwhile offerings from Tormé and friends. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Lush and Smooth; Pure Tormé

My one disappointment is that I can't buy this as an album, because every single one of these tracks is a beauty. Tormé delivers thirteen perfect performances that present the listener with a picture of the electric bustle of an evening in New York from the quiet of a skyscraper window, his voice smoothly lilting and full of charismatic punches central to his role as a jazz entertainer. Armed with a voice that doesn't quit and an arsenal of great, classic songs, "Songs of New York" is a delight no matter where you are.

Songs of New York

Torme at his best....youthful....great intonation.....personality comes through


Born: September 13, 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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Songs of New York, Mel Tormé
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Vocal Jazz, Bop
  • Released: 1963

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