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20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Mel Tormé
     

20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Mel Tormé

by Mel Tormé
 
The 20th Century Masters series serves many purposes for all the varying artists with MCA affiliations, and with Mel Tormé, the spryest of jazz vocalists, the case is no different. With few hits to essay, compiler Ryan Null and producer Mike Ragogna instead chose to

Overview

The 20th Century Masters series serves many purposes for all the varying artists with MCA affiliations, and with Mel Tormé, the spryest of jazz vocalists, the case is no different. With few hits to essay, compiler Ryan Null and producer Mike Ragogna instead chose to spotlight Tormé's range of abilities -- vocal acrobat and scatter, standards interpreter, songwriter, and pure musical innovator. Thanks to the consistent quality of Tormé's work, they were able to accomplish this despite focusing on several neglected corners of his MCA catalog, like 1954's Musical Sounds Are the Best Songs (Coral), 1960's Swingin' On the Moon (Verve), and 1961's My Kind of Music (Verve also). "Too Close for Comfort" and "Blue Moon" are twin paragons of a vocal artist excelling in an uptempo setting and in balladry (respectively), while the opener, "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," sees Tormé teaching a master class in what it means to be a singing horn. His original material includes both the standard "The Christmas Song" and the pleasant throwaway "Swingin' On the Moon," and for innovation look no further than the eight-minute "Blues in the Night" with his prime collaborator, Marty Paich. Other budget Mel Tormé compilations may have slightly better material, but none explain Tormé's brilliance in such concise fashion as this.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/29/2005
Label:
Hip-O Records
UPC:
0602498807149
catalogNumber:
000439402
Rank:
9917

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mel Tormé   Primary Artist,Vocals

Technical Credits

Billy May   Arranger
Mel Tormé   Composer
Russell Garcia   Arranger
Irving Mills   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Marty Paich   Arranger
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
Paul J. Hoeffler   Liner Notes
John Blackburn   Composer
Karl Suessdorf   Composer
Mabel Wayne   Composer
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
Buddy Pepper   Composer
Inez James   Composer
Larry Holofcener   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
Tony Sanchs   Liner Notes
Larry Russell   Composer

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