At the Crescendo 1954 and 1957

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
One of those singers who could sing a grocery list and make it work, Mel Tormé never met a song he couldn't at least make memorable, and in most cases, he did a whole lot more than that. Tormé wasn't a singer who fed off of glitz and flash, and his vocal work was full of such subtle and effortlessly inventive phrasing that it's easy to miss how he never sings a successive verse exactly the same in a song, working the edges of the melody so deftly that it all seems naturally right, even if what he's really doing is working his vocals like a veteran horn player. What this means is that Tormé, who had his successes in the recording studio, certainly, was really at his most ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
One of those singers who could sing a grocery list and make it work, Mel Tormé never met a song he couldn't at least make memorable, and in most cases, he did a whole lot more than that. Tormé wasn't a singer who fed off of glitz and flash, and his vocal work was full of such subtle and effortlessly inventive phrasing that it's easy to miss how he never sings a successive verse exactly the same in a song, working the edges of the melody so deftly that it all seems naturally right, even if what he's really doing is working his vocals like a veteran horn player. What this means is that Tormé, who had his successes in the recording studio, certainly, was really at his most transcendent as a vocalist in a live setting, and these two sets, recorded three years apart in 1954 and 1957 at the Crescendo on Sunset Strip with the Al Pellegrini Trio (1954) and the Marty Paich Quintet (1957), are the perfect proof of that. This is Mel Tormé in his element giving classics like the Gershwins' "Our Love Is Here to Stay" an almost perfect reading, feeding the melody the intimacy it cries for, scat singing (a Tormé specialty) his way through "Bernie's Tune" like a jazz trumpet player, and approaching "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" with just the right touch to bring out its inherent dignity. He does more of the same to two of his own compositions, the brilliant "Stranger in Town" and the so-good-it-seems-like-it's-been-around-forever holiday classic "The Christmas Song." Graceful, warm, and spry, Tormé's singing always fits his material, and he gently bends the melodies, shifts emphasis on the rhythm, and elegantly turns phrases in subtle little ways on song after song during these performances, but it's all done with such seemingly effortless ease that he appears to be singing everything straight and true. He isn't. A close listen to what he's doing reveals continual and delightful surprises, all of them carrying the song where it really wants to go. With 41 tracks on two discs, this is both a great introduction to Tormé's elegant vocal universe and a historic pairing of his two Crescendo nights in a single package, which, amazingly, no one has thought to do before.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2008
  • Label: Fresh Sounds Spain
  • EAN: 8427328604765
  • Catalog Number: 476
  • Sales rank: 101,525

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 From This Moment On (1:42)
  2. 2 September Song (2:50)
  3. 3 That Old Black Magic (3:15)
  4. 4 Get out of Town (3:22)
  5. 5 My Shining Hour (3:03)
  6. 6 Goody, Goody (2:27)
  7. 7 County Fair (5:12)
  8. 8 The Christmas Song (3:04)
  9. 9 A Stranger in Town (3:26)
  10. 10 I Wish I Were in Love Again (2:09)
  11. 11 Moonlight in Vermont (2:28)
  12. 12 You're Driving Me Crazy (2:14)
  13. 13 Bernie's Tune (3:06)
  14. 14 Our Love Is Here to Stay (2:24)
  15. 15 Old Devil Moon (3:17)
  16. 16 Blue Moon (2:36)
  17. 17 Have You Met Miss Jones? (2:49)
  18. 18 Jeepers Creepers (3:02)
  19. 19 Mountain Greenery (2:27)
  20. 20 Imagination (3:22)
  21. 21 Get Happy (3:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 It's Only a Paper Moon - Marty Paich Quintet (3:12)
  2. 2 What Is This Thing Called Love? - Marty Paich Quintet (4:07)
  3. 3 One for My Baby - Marty Paich Quintet (4:48)
  4. 4 Love Is Just a Bug - Marty Paich Quintet (2:32)
  5. 5 A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square - Marty Paich Quintet (2:55)
  6. 6 Autumn Leaves - Marty Paich Quintet (3:03)
  7. 7 Just One of Those Things - Marty Paich Quintet (2:29)
  8. 8 The Girl Next Door - Marty Paich Quintet (2:58)
  9. 9 Lover Come Back to Me - Marty Paich Quintet (2:43)
  10. 10 Looking at You - Marty Paich Quintet (2:52)
  11. 11 The Tender Trap - Marty Paich Quintet (3:27)
  12. 12 I'm Beginning to See the Light - Marty Paich Quintet (2:26)
  13. 13 It's All Right with Me - Marty Paich Quintet (4:26)
  14. 14 Manhattan - Marty Paich Quintet (3:13)
  15. 15 Taking a Chance on Love - Marty Paich Quintet (1:58)
  16. 16 Home by the Sea - Marty Paich Quintet (1:55)
  17. 17 It's De-Lovely - Marty Paich Quintet (2:42)
  18. 18 Tenderly - Marty Paich Quintet (2:19)
  19. 19 I Wish I Was in Love Again - Marty Paich Quintet (2:32)
  20. 20 Nobody's Heart - Marty Paich Quintet (2:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mel Tormé Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Mel Lewis Drums
Max Bennett Bass
Larry Bunker Accordion, Conga
Don Fagerquist Trumpet
Marty Paich Piano, Accordion
Dick Shanahan Bongos, Drums
Al Pellegrini Clarinet, Piano
Technical Credits
Johnny Hodges Composer
Harry James Composer
Specs Powell Composer
Mel Tormé Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Walter Gross Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Gene Norman Producer
Cole Porter Composer
Jacques Prévert Composer
Billy Rose Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Don George Composer
Jordi Pujol Producer, Liner Notes, Adaptation
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