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A&E Presents an Evening With Mel Tormé: Live From the Disney Institute
     

A&E Presents an Evening With Mel Tormé: Live From the Disney Institute

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by Mel Tormé
 
This was singer Mel Tormé's last recording before he was stricken with a serious stroke. Remarkably, Tormé had gradually improved both as a singer and as a jazz improviser all throughout his sixties (his voice was in phenomenal shape), and he is heard on this live set, filmed for a television special, in peak form despite being 70. Joined by his regular trio (pianist

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This was singer Mel Tormé's last recording before he was stricken with a serious stroke. Remarkably, Tormé had gradually improved both as a singer and as a jazz improviser all throughout his sixties (his voice was in phenomenal shape), and he is heard on this live set, filmed for a television special, in peak form despite being 70. Joined by his regular trio (pianist Mike Renzi, bassist John Leitham, and drummer Donny Osborne), Tormé performs a typical swing-oriented program that includes a Benny Goodman medley, a memorable rendition of "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" (he could hold notes on ballads endlessly without wavering), a heated "Pick Yourself Up," and a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald on "Oh, Lady Be Good," among other numbers. Ironically, Tormé concluded what may be his final recording with a touching rendition of "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye."

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Release Date:
10/22/1996
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431473626
catalogNumber:
4736
Rank:
98285

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A&E Presents an Evening With Mel Tormé: Live From the Disney Institute 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mel Torme seemed to get better and better with age. No doubt that would have stopped and reversed into decline at some point (as happened to Sinatra). But a stroke brought an abrupt halt to Mel's singing career, leaving us with memories of the singer and musician at his best. In what turned out to be his last recording, Mel treats us with what he did best -- play before a live audience. Given what the circumstances turned out to be, it seemed particularly poignant that Mel paid tribute to the then recently departed Ella Fitzgerald and then brought the show to a close with Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye. A great disc with great memories of a wonderful singer.