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Complete Concord Recordings
     

The Complete Concord Recordings

by Mel Tormé
 
Beside Marty Paich, none of Mel Tormé's collaborators exerted such a large influence on the singer's career as George Shearing, the pianist whose understated, expressive accompaniment contributed to Tormé's resurgence during the early '80s. Their six excellent albums together -- two of which, An Evening With... and

Overview

Beside Marty Paich, none of Mel Tormé's collaborators exerted such a large influence on the singer's career as George Shearing, the pianist whose understated, expressive accompaniment contributed to Tormé's resurgence during the early '80s. Their six excellent albums together -- two of which, An Evening With... and Top Drawer, earned Grammy awards -- proved that classic vocal music had outlasted the long night that was the '70s, and emerged to become a timeless American genre. The pair's work for Concord was usually recorded live in a trio or quartet setting; leaving much space for Shearing solos, Tormé occasionally reprised his big standards ("A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square," "Lullaby of Birdland," "The Folks Who Live on the Hill"), but often searched for more obscure material he could make his own, and often succeeded. Tormé and Shearing were restless innovators, taking on a full album of World War II standards, medleys devoted to songs about New York and by Duke Ellington, and a stunningly broad range of material: "Oleo," "Lili Marlene," "How Do You Say Auf Wiedersehen?," and "Dat Dere." The Complete Concord Recordings of Mel Tormé and George Shearing is a tight, bookbound box set, similar in style to Columbia's series of Miles Davis sets, compiling each of their six original albums onto a single CD with a seventh full of bonus tracks, many of them also live. Setting the brilliant music heard within, this set isn't much more than the sum of its parts, with only a short essay and a bare few additional photos (plus the bonus CD) tacked onto the package. If you like Mel Tormé enough to get this, you'll probably have at least a few of the albums included in this set, and little here justifies the hefty price tag.

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A major contribution to contemporary jazz vocals and contemporary jazz piano.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/05/2002
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431214427
catalogNumber:
2144

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. All God's Chillun Got Rhythm
  2. Born to Be Blue
  3. Give Me the Simple Life
  4. Good Morning Heartache
  5. Manhattan Hoedown
  6. You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
  7. A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
  8. Love
  9. It Might as Well Be Spring
  10. Lullaby of Birdland

Disc 2

  1. A Shine on Your Shoes
  2. How Do You Say Auf Wiedersehen?
  3. Oleo
  4. Stardust
  5. Hi-Fly
  6. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
  7. What's This?
  8. Away in a Manger
  9. Here's to My Lady

Disc 3

  1. Medley: Just One of Those Things/On Green Dolphin Street
  2. Dream Dancing
  3. Dream Dancing (Continued)
  4. I'm Hip
  5. Then I'll Be Tired of You
  6. Medley: Caught in the Middle of My Years/Welcome to the Club
  7. Nica's Dream
  8. Chase Me Charlie
  9. Love Is Just Around the Corner

Disc 4

  1. I'll Be Seeing You
  2. Moon Medley: Love and the Moon/Oh, You Crazy Moon/No Moon at All
  3. After the Waltz Is Over
  4. This Time the Dream's on Me
  5. Last Night When We Were Young
  6. You Changed My Life
  7. Dream Medley: I Had the Craziest Dream/Darn That Dream
  8. Brigg Fair
  9. My Foolish Heart
  10. You're Driving Me Crazy

Disc 5

  1. Whisper Not/Love Me or Leave Me
  2. Out of This World
  3. Someday I'll Find You
  4. Midnight Sun
  5. New York, New York Medley: For Me and My Gal/Mack the Knife/Birth ...
  6. The Folks Who Live on the Hill
  7. Bittersweet
  8. Since I Fell for You
  9. The Way You Look Tonight
  10. Anyone Can Whistle/A Tune for Humming
  11. When Sunny Gets Blue
  12. Little Man, You've Had a Busy Day

Disc 6

  1. Lili Marlene
  2. (It Seems to Me) I've Heard That Song Before
  3. I Know Why (And So Do You)
  4. Love
  5. Aren't You Glad You're You
  6. Ellington Medley: Cotton Tail/I Didn't Know About You/Don't Get Around
  7. Walk Medley: I Don't Want to Walk Without You, Baby/I'll Walk Alone
  8. I Could Write a Book
  9. A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening
  10. On the Swing Shift/The Five O'Clock Whistle
  11. AC-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
  12. This Is the Army, Mister Jones
  13. We Mustn't Say Goodbye

Disc 7

  1. Let's Take a Walk Around the Block
  2. New York State of Mind
  3. Here's to My Lady
  4. Spoken Introduction
  5. A Shine on Your Shoes
  6. You're Driving Me Crazy/Moten Swing
  7. What's This/Anthropology/Air Mail Special
  8. Dat Dere
  9. You're Driving Me Crazy/Moten Swing
  10. Where Is My Stool?
  11. All God's Chillun Got Rhythm
  12. Pick Yourself Up
  13. Love Is Just Around the Corner
  14. Serenade in Blue
  15. Spoken Introduction
  16. Some Other Time
  17. Love Is Just Around the Corner

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mel Tormé   Primary Artist,Vocals
George Shearing   Piano,Vocals,Soloist
Neil Swainson   Bass
Brian Torff   Bass
John Leitham   Bass
Donny Osborne   Drums
Don Thompson Quartet   Bass

Technical Credits

Leonard Feather   Liner Notes
Lionel Hampton   Composer
George Shearing   Arranger
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Don Heckman   Liner Notes
Bronislaw Kaper   Composer
Chris Albertson   Liner Notes
Rube Bloom   Composer
John Burk   Executive Producer
Sonny Burke   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Phil Edwards   Engineer,Remixing
Carl Jefferson   Producer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Nick Phillips   Producer
Cole Porter   Composer
Philip Elwood   Liner Notes
Felix Grant   Liner Notes
Grover Sales   Liner Notes
Dick Hendler   Art Direction
Tom Burgess   Art Direction
Kent Judkins   Art Direction
Norbert Schultze   Composer
Glen Barros   Executive Producer
Harold Adamson   Composer
Dan Fisher   Composer
Irene Higginbotham   Composer
Leonard Maltin   Liner Notes
Walter Jurmann   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Ana Baracca   Art Direction

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