213

Mel Torme: My Kind of Music

David Adler By

Sign in to view read count
This 1961 reissue features the late Mel Torme accompanied by three London-based orchestras, led respectively by Geoff Love, Tony Osborne, and Wally Stott. It stands apart from scores of other jazz vocal albums in that nearly half the program consists of Torme’s original songs. The remaining tunes are by Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz, including a frenetic, conga-driven "You and the Night and the Music," a sumptuous "Alone Together," and the toe-tapping, irrepressible finale, "A Shine on Your Shoes."

Torme’s voice is as smooth as silk, almost schmaltzy at times, but infectious and alluring all the same. His writing ranges quite widely. The borderline-sappy, Norman Rockwell imagery of "County Fair" could almost be mistaken for a parody. And "The Christmas Song," an undisputed Torme classic ("Chestnuts roasting..."), conveys a similar sense of innocence. On the other hand, there’s a pervasive sense of melancholy coursing through "I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plan," "Born to Be Blue," and "Welcome to the Club," giving Torme’s writing an emotional depth that counterbalances his happy-go-lucky side.


Track Listing: 1. You and the Night and the Music 2. A Stranger In Town 3. I Guess I

| Record Label: Verve Music Group | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture CD/LP/Track Review The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Coldest Second Yesterday CD/LP/Track Review Coldest Second Yesterday
by John Sharpe
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Follow Your Heart CD/LP/Track Review Follow Your Heart
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 25, 2017
Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Chicago II CD/LP/Track Review Chicago II
by Doug Collette
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "Reflections" CD/LP/Track Review Reflections
by Andrew Luhn
Published: March 23, 2016
Read "Linus + Skarbø / Leroux" CD/LP/Track Review Linus + Skarbø / Leroux
by Dave Wayne
Published: April 21, 2016
Read "Chasing Pixies" CD/LP/Track Review Chasing Pixies
by Eyal Hareuveni
Published: May 30, 2016
Read "Panthalassa: The Music Of Miles Davis 1969-1974" CD/LP/Track Review Panthalassa: The Music Of Miles Davis 1969-1974
by Sacha O'Grady
Published: December 23, 2016
Read "I Can Do All Things" CD/LP/Track Review I Can Do All Things
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 14, 2016
Read "Roots & Transitions" CD/LP/Track Review Roots & Transitions
by Budd Kopman
Published: July 4, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!