Again: A Jazz Hour with Mel Tormé

Again: A Jazz Hour with Mel Tormé

by Mel Tormé


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Again: A Jazz Hour with Mel Tormé

It's unclear what the title Again refers to on this Jazz Hour compilation, though it could be the label's acknowledgment that this is hardly the debut of this material (a landmark 50th re-release is much more likely). That said, it's a tremendously enjoyable collection of performances from that period in the mid-to-late '40s when Mel Tormé -- for the only time in his career -- actually deserved the nickname of the "Velvet Fog." His brooding, melancholy performances of "A Stranger in Town" (with the Mel-Tones ably assisting), "Born to Be Blue," and "A Cottage for Sale" are masterpieces that prove the validity of male torch songs. Tormé actually contributes a wide range of material here, including another excellent Mel-Tones appearance on the breezy, up-tempo "How High the Moon," and his biggest early hit, "Careless Hands." The compilation wraps up with a brief glimpse of the genesis of an artist at work, with a song ("Got the Gate on the Golden Gate") taken from his 1949 concept album, Mel Tormé's California Suite

Product Details

Release Date: 10/30/2001
Label: A Jazz Hour With
UPC: 8712177041220
catalogNumber: 73604
Rank: 297996

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mel Tormé   Primary Artist,Vocals
Baxter   Vocals
Artie Shaw   Clarinet,Leader
Dave Barbour   Guitar
Ray Linn   Trumpet
Babe Russin   Alto Saxophone
Buddy Cole   Piano
Felix Slatkin   Violin
Si Zentner   Trombone
Bill Atkinson   Trombone
Cy Bernard   Cello
Betty Beveridge   Vocals
Harry Bluestone   Violin
Mahlon Clark   Woodwind
Jack Dumont   Woodwind
Walter Edelstein   Violin
Nick Fatool   Drums
David Frisina   Violin
Hendrickson   Guitar
Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt   Alto Saxophone
Francis Howard   Trombone
Clyde Hurley   Trumpet
George Kast   Violin
Harry Klee   Alto Saxophone
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Eddie Kusby   Trombone
Eugene Lamas   Violin
Harry Lawson   Alto Saxophone
Harold Lewis   Flute
Dan Lube   Violin
Dodo Marmarosa   Piano
Ann Mason   Harp
Jack Mayhew   Woodwind
Ginny O'Connor   Vocals
Bernie Parke   Vocals
Don Raffell   Alto Saxophone
Milt Raskin   Piano
Robinson   Alto Saxophone
Paul Robyn   Viola
Mischa Russell   Violin
Marshall Sosson   Violin
Phil Stephens   Bass
David Sterkin   Viola
Ollie Wilson   Trombone
Vincent DeRosa   French Horn
Gail Laughton   Harp
Charles Griffard   Trumpet
Nick Pisani   Violin
Olcott Vail   Violin
Peter Ellis   Violin
Sam Freed   Viola
Fred Goerner   Cello
Howard Halbert   Violin
Morris King   Violin
Nicholas Ochi-Albi   Cello
Maurice Perlmutter   Viola
Elmer Smithers   Trombone
Stanley Spiegelman   Viol
James Stagliano   French Horn
Rubin Zarchy   Trumpet
Joe Kretcher   Alto Saxophone
Arthur Shapiro   Bass
Nathan Gangursky   Bass
Jack Kirksmith   French Horn
Jules Seder   Bassoon
Kathryn Tompson   Harp
Manny Stein   Bass
Deacon Dunn   Woodwind
Louis Singer   Drums
Marshall Sasson   Violin
Pope   Oboe
Jane Russell   Violin

Technical Credits

Pete Rugolo   Contributor
Sonny Burke   Arranger
William Hogeland   Liner Notes

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