Velvet Moods

Velvet Moods

by Mel Tormé
     
 
Velvet Moods is a bit of an all-over-the-place compilation of 27 tracks Mel Tormé recorded near the outset of his recording career between 1946-1955. But it does give a good idea of the singer's versatility during this period, encompassing crooned pop; jazz, including four 1950 recordings with the Red Norvo Trio (who also had

Overview

Velvet Moods is a bit of an all-over-the-place compilation of 27 tracks Mel Tormé recorded near the outset of his recording career between 1946-1955. But it does give a good idea of the singer's versatility during this period, encompassing crooned pop; jazz, including four 1950 recordings with the Red Norvo Trio (who also had guitarist Tal Farlow and bassist Charles Mingus in their ranks); live performances; radio transcriptions; duets with Mary Osborne; and his elaborate, orchestrated 11-part "California Suite," which was quite an adventurous construction for popular music in 1949. The jazziest recordings are the most interesting ones, and those who think of Tormé as a stodgy crooner will be quite surprised by the dynamic numbers on which he really lets go with his scatting (like "Night and Day," and "That's Where I Came In"), which are downright thrilling and dynamic. Of course you do get some hokey, trivial period pieces like "On a Little Street in Singapore," as well as an early-'50s radio transcription of the holiday perennial "The Christmas Song" (which Tormé co-wrote). "California Suite" (presented here in its original 1949 recording) is a bit over-the-top in both its lush orchestration and epic travelogue structure, but does demonstrate that the concept album/suite had been introduced into popular music long before the rock era. No doubt a compilation of Tormé's early work with a more logical chronological flow could be assembled, but this CD does offer a lot of quality, diverse music.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/09/2007
Label:
El Records
UPC:
5013929309029
catalogNumber:
90

Tracks

  1. That's Where I Came In
  2. Born to Be Blue
  3. Night and Day
  4. Geometric Blues (Pythagorus How You Stagger Us)
  5. The Carioca
  6. I've Got Feeling I'm Falling
  7. On a Little Street in Singapore
  8. I Like to Recognise the Tune
  9. I Love Each Move You Make
  10. Heart and Soul
  11. You're a Heavenly Thing
  12. The Night We Called It Day
  13. The Christmas Song
  14. It's Easy to Remember
  15. Bernie's Tune
  16. Polka Dots and Moonbeams
  17. Mountain Desert Theme
  18. The Golden West
  19. We Think the West Coast Is the Best Coast
  20. Coney Island
  21. The Miami Waltz
  22. They Go to San Fernando
  23. Sunday Night in San Fernando
  24. Got the Gate on the Golden Gate
  25. Prelude to "Poor Little Extra Girl"
  26. Poor Little Extra Girl
  27. We Think the West Coast Is the Best Coast & Finale [Mountain Desert The

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mel Tormé   Primary Artist
Charles Mingus   Bass
Red Norvo   Vibes
Mary Osborne   Guitar
Hal Mooney   Conductor
Red Norvo Trio   Track Performer
Sonny Burke & Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Pellegrini Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Mel Tones and Orchestra   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Billy May   Arranger
Charles Mingus   Contributor
Red Norvo   Contributor
Mel Tormé   Composer
Neal Hefti   Arranger
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Hal Mooney   Arranger
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Dick Jones   Arranger
Gus Kahn   Composer
Paul Villepigue   Arranger
Robert Wells   Composer
Red Norvo Trio   Contributor
Edward Eliscu   Composer

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