The Best of the Concord Years

COMPOSERS: Various
LABELS: Concord
ALBUM TITLE: Mel Tormé
PERFORMER: Mel Tormé (v), with George Shearing (p), the Marty Paich Dek-Tette, etc
CATALOGUE NO: CCD 2 4871-2

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Mel Tormé’s nickname, ‘The Velvet Fog’, doesn’t do justice to the baritone’s clever and precise way with song. This selection from late in his career (he died last year) shows how musicality and a strong sense of swing combined to produce a genuine one-off. GB