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

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All Music Guide - John Bush
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/29/2005
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 602498807149
  • Catalog Number: 000439402
  • Sales rank: 8,343

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
Elliott Federman Mastering
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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