Live at the Playboy Jazz Festival

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Three years before a stroke ended Mel Tormé's career, he appeared with his trio and Ray Anthony & His Big Band at the 1993 Playboy Jazz Festival, though the CD wasn't issued until some nine years later. Tormé sounds as if he has just a touch of hoarseness, though he never fluffs a note and his rhythm is flawless during the set, though it relies rather too heavily on medleys. The cavernous sound quality of playing in the bandshell and the somewhat poor mix the big band occasionally nearly drowns out Tormé are also a bit distracting. Those reservations aside, the veteran is full of energy, especially in his swinging arrangement of Duke Ellington's "I'm Gonna Go Fishin'," ...
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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Three years before a stroke ended Mel Tormé's career, he appeared with his trio and Ray Anthony & His Big Band at the 1993 Playboy Jazz Festival, though the CD wasn't issued until some nine years later. Tormé sounds as if he has just a touch of hoarseness, though he never fluffs a note and his rhythm is flawless during the set, though it relies rather too heavily on medleys. The cavernous sound quality of playing in the bandshell and the somewhat poor mix the big band occasionally nearly drowns out Tormé are also a bit distracting. Those reservations aside, the veteran is full of energy, especially in his swinging arrangement of Duke Ellington's "I'm Gonna Go Fishin'," and he scats up a storm in "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing." Tormé's pianist, John Colianni, is a consummate accompanist, and the big band has a few strong soloists, though none of them are identified. It would be difficult to label this as one of the best releases by Mel Tormé during the latter part of his career since there are many far better live recordings available through Concord, but fans of the Velvet Fog will want to pick up this previously unreleased disc as well.
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  • Release Date: 10/8/2002
  • Label: PLAYBOY JAZZ
  • UPC: 013431750826
  • Catalog Number: 7508

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Opus One - Ray Anthony & His Big Band (2:17)
  2. 2 Medley: I Had the Craziest Dream/Darn That Dream - Ray Anthony & His Big Band (4:52)
  3. 3 I'm Gonna Go Fishin' - Ray Anthony & His Big Band (3:06)
  4. 4 Medley: Sophisticated Lady/I Didn't Know About You - Ray Anthony & His Big Band (5:25)
  5. 5 It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) - Ray Anthony & His Big Band (5:29)
  6. 6 Medley: Stompin' at the Savoy/Don't Be That Way/And the Angels Sing - Ray Anthony & His Big Band (14:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mel Tormé Primary Artist, Vocals
Frank Capp Drums
John Colianni Piano
John Leitham Bass
Roger Neumann Saxophone
Kevin Anthony Saxophone
Lee Callet Saxophone
Bob Efford Saxophone
Ramon Flores Trumpet
George Graham Trumpet
Andy Martin Trombone
Donny Osborne Drums
Tom Ranier Piano
Morris Repass Trombone
Kirk Smith Bass
Frank Szabo Trumpet
Lloyd Ulyate Trombone
Ray Anthony Orchestra Trumpet, Leader
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet
Bill Tole Trombone
Salvadore Lozano Saxophone
Technical Credits
Sy Oliver Composer
George Wein Producer
John Burk Producer, Executive Producer
Duke Ellington Composer
Glen Barros Executive Producer
A. James Liska Liner Notes
Hugh M. Hefner Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Andrea R. Nelson Art Direction
Seth Presant Mastering
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