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Best of the Concord Years
     

The Best of the Concord Years

by Mel Tormé
 
For nearly 20 years, critics have been praising Mel Tormé's recordings for Concord, the label he spent the last 13 years of his career recording for, in a variety of settings. Fans of his '50s and '60s heyday, however, have often had difficulty approaching the work of Tormé's last 13 years. The Best of the Concord Years presents two hours of his best on the

Overview

For nearly 20 years, critics have been praising Mel Tormé's recordings for Concord, the label he spent the last 13 years of his career recording for, in a variety of settings. Fans of his '50s and '60s heyday, however, have often had difficulty approaching the work of Tormé's last 13 years. The Best of the Concord Years presents two hours of his best on the label, including a mix of live and studio sessions recorded with groups both small and large, originally issued on solo albums as well as his excellent collaborations with George Shearing, Rob McConnell, Marty Paich, and the Frank Wess/Harry Edison Orchestra. No, Tormé wasn't at his performing peak on "Hi-Fly," recorded in 1983, but his emphatic delivery and scatting finale will surprise listeners unaware that he was nearing the age of 60. The selections are roughly chronological and include many gems from Tormé's later career: "Lullaby of Birdland" with George Shearing taking one careful run-through before Tormé himself storms through the song; his perennial "Too Close for Comfort," delivered with just as much emotion and exuberance as it had been 40 years earlier; and a languid, touching "These Foolish Things" recorded at the Fujitsu-Concord Jazz Festival in 1992. Yes, the polish was wearing off what had once been the most able voice to ever grace an American popular song, but these songs reveal a depth of experience and consistency unmatched during the 1950s.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/1999
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431487128
catalogNumber:
4871

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Performance Credits

Mel Tormé   Primary Artist
Howard Alden   Guitar
Alan Broadbent   Conductor
John Colianni   Piano
Cleo Laine   Vocals
Rob McConnell   Trombone,Conductor
Ken Peplowski   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
George Shearing   Piano
Neil Swainson   Bass
Don Thompson   Bass
Brian Torff   Bass
John Leitham   Bass
Peter Appleyard   Vibes
John Dankworth   Clarinet,Conductor,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Larry Koonse   Guitar
Bob Maize   Bass
Donny Osborne   Drums
Mike Renzi   Piano
Randy Sandke   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Frank Wess Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Ray Loeckle   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

George Shearing   Liner Notes
Mel Tormé   Composer
John Burk   Producer
John Dankworth   Musical Director
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Jacques Prévert   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
Boss Brass   Contributor
Marty Paich   Contributor
Alexis Davis   Product Development
Glen Barros   Executive Producer
Darren Wong   Art Direction
Joseph Kosma   Composer
Harry Link   Composer
Jack Strachey   Composer
Holt Marvell   Composer

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