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Mel’s hip. Period. There’s not a kitsch bone in his body. The television show Night Court did him the greatest disservice by focusing its boob-tube pop sensibilities upon him. Or perhaps, without the blessings of the tragically un-cool keepers of popular culture, many would never get the chance to hear the “Velvet Fog.” The latest word is Kenny G is working on a jazz standards record. But I digress. This recording is Torme’s first with Marty Paich’s Dek-tette, a ten piece group that included saxophonists Bud Shank, Jack Montrose and Bob Cooper, drummer Mel Lewis, bassist Red Mitchell and trumpeter Pete Candoli. Recorded in 1956, the Dek-tette was a rival to Gerry Mulligan’s Tentet and Miles Davis’ Nonet large ensembles. Like their contemporaries, Torme/Paich stick to a coolness, a quiet use of the large ensemble, sprinkled with French horn and tuba. For his part Torme was at the height of his '50's powers on this recording. “Lullaby Of Birdland” begins as a duo with Red Mitchell’s bass, turns into a wondrous scat, call and response with the band. This long out-of-print recording is certainly welcomed back into listening circles.
Track List:Lulu’s Back In Town; When The Sun Comes Out; I Love To Watch The Moonlight; Fascinating Rhythm; The Blues; The Carioca; The Lady Is A Tramp; I Like To Recognize The Tune; Keeping Myself For You; Lullaby Of Broadway; When April Comes Again; Sing For Your Supper.
I grew up listening to mainstream '70s rock then ended up on the staff at the college paper at San Diego State, and volunteered to review heavy metal LPs. My second semester, the music editor dropped a Fenton Robinson LP on my desk, Night Flight. You like metal; they play guitar--he plays guitar, the editor told me
I grew up listening to mainstream '70s rock then ended up on the staff at the college paper at San Diego State, and volunteered to review heavy metal LPs. My second semester, the music editor dropped a Fenton Robinson LP on my desk, Night Flight. You like metal; they play guitar--he plays guitar, the editor told me. If we don't run a review, Alligator Records is going to stop servicing us.
Night Flight opened up a whole new world for me--the blues led me, inevitably, to Basie, who led to Duke, who led to Mingus, who led to Miles, who led to ...