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Mel Tormé's Finest Hour leads off with a Decca recording from 1944 but otherwise concentrates on Tormé's stints with the Coral and Verve labels between 1953-1960. Tormé's tight arrangements and smooth crooning made him a natural crossover artist, but he charted no pop hits during this period. Nonetheless, the recordings compiled here are broadly appealing, particularly on songs such as "What Is This Thing Called Love?" that prominently feature Tormé's jazz-pop vocal group, the Mel-Tones. "At the Crossroads Malagueña" vacillates between Bill Haley-style rock-a-boogie rhythms and big-band swing, and "What's New at the Zoo?" -- a duet with Margaret Whiting -- is a silly novelty...
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All Music Guide - Greg Adams
Mel Tormé's Finest Hour leads off with a Decca recording from 1944 but otherwise concentrates on Tormé's stints with the Coral and Verve labels between 1953-1960. Tormé's tight arrangements and smooth crooning made him a natural crossover artist, but he charted no pop hits during this period. Nonetheless, the recordings compiled here are broadly appealing, particularly on songs such as "What Is This Thing Called Love?" that prominently feature Tormé's jazz-pop vocal group, the Mel-Tones. "At the Crossroads Malagueña" vacillates between Bill Haley-style rock-a-boogie rhythms and big-band swing, and "What's New at the Zoo?" -- a duet with Margaret Whiting -- is a silly novelty with a rock & roll guitar solo. "The Hut Sut Song" and Slim Gaillard's "Cement Mixer" are novelties, too, but ones that jazz purists will find less offensive. In between, there are a number of serious jazz vocal performances and sweetly orchestrated romantic ballads of the sort that earned Tormé the nickname of "the Velvet Fog." Tormé's 1954 recording of his holiday standard "The Christmas Song" is also included, making Mel Tormé's Finest Hour an inclusive and diverse sampling of music from a versatile artist and exemplary vocalist.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2001
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 731454967327
  • Catalog Number: 549673

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Stranger in Town (3:00)
  2. 2 The Christmas Song (3:07)
  3. 3 Mountain Greenery (2:22)
  4. 4 The Hut Sut Song (2:29)
  5. 5 Cement Mixer (2:26)
  6. 6 The House Is Haunted (By the Echo of Your Last Goodbye) (2:51)
  7. 7 I Don't Want to Cry Any More - The Orchestra (3:06)
  8. 8 What Is This Thing Called Love? (2:57)
  9. 9 It Happened in Monterey/Ramona - The Orchestra (2:51)
  10. 10 Too Close for Comfort (4:04)
  11. 11 Whatever Lola Wants - The Orchestra (3:22)
  12. 12 Born to Be Blue - The Orchestra (2:54)
  13. 13 A Shine on Your Shoes - Geoff Love & His Orchestra (2:51)
  14. 14 At the Crossroads (Malagueña) - The Orchestra (2:39)
  15. 15 Niña - The Orchestra (2:36)
  16. 16 I'm Gonna Go Fishin' - The Orchestra (2:28)
  17. 17 Down for Double - The Orchestra (2:34)
  18. 18 I Loved You Once in Silence - The Orchestra (3:15)
  19. 19 What's New at the Zoo? (2:36)
  20. 20 Don't Let That Moon Get Away - The Orchestra (2:38)
  21. 21 A Velvet Moon - The Orchestra (2:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mel Tormé Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Les Baxter Vocals
Victor Feldman Vibes
Barney Kessel Guitar
Mel Lewis Drums
Shelly Manne Drums
Billy May Conductor
Dave Pell Woodwind
Art Pepper Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Bill Perkins Woodwind
Jimmy Rowles Piano
Bud Shank Woodwind
Margaret Whiting Vocals
Don Bagley Bass
Pete Candoli Trumpet
Dick Collins Trumpet
Russell Garcia Conductor
Matty Matlock Woodwind
Babe Russin Woodwind
Stu Williamson Trumpet, Valve Trombone
Si Zentner Trombone
Med Flory Woodwind
Al Porcino Trumpet
Georgie Auld Woodwind
Frank Beach Trumpet
Benny Carter Woodwind
Betty Beveridge Vocals
Verlye Mills Harp
Sonny Burke Conductor
Red Callender Tuba
George Cates Conductor
Marion Childers Trumpet
Gene Cipriano Woodwind
Geoff Clarkson Piano
Joe Comfort Bass
Conrad Gozzo Trumpet
Teddy Edwards Tenor Saxophone
Nick Fatool Drums
Al Hendrickson Guitar
Bill Hood Baritone Saxophone
Jack Sheldon Trumpet
John Kitzmiller Tuba
Manny Klein Trumpet
Eddie Kusby Trombone
Joe Maini Alto Saxophone
Johnny Mandel Conductor
Joe Mondragon Bass
Marty Paich Track Performer
Dick Nash Trombone
Ginny O'Connor Vocals
Bernie Parke Vocals
Ralph Pena Bass
Richard Perissi French Horn
Allan Reuss Guitar
George Roberts Trombone
Frank Rosolino Trombone
Wilbur Schwartz Woodwind
Shorty Sherock Truba
Lou Singer Percussion, Drums, Marimbas
Alvin Stoller Percussion, Drums
Lloyd Ulyate Trombone
Ted Vesely Trombone
Dave Wells Trombone
Vincent DeRosa French Horn
Ralph Hansell Vibes
Richard Shanahan Drums
Geoff Love Conductor
Bob Gibbons Guitar
Al Pelligrini Clarinet, Piano
Tommy Pederson Trombone
James Dupre Bass
Keith Mitchell Bass
The Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
Billy May Arranger
Russell Garcia Arranger
Peter Keepnews Notes Editing
Johnny Mandel Arranger
Geoff Love Arranger
Hollis King Art Direction
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