Artie Shaw & His Orchestra

For You, For Me, Forever

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On the second of two LPs of Shaw's recordings for Musicraft, the great clarinetist is heard with studio musicians playing superior standards and obscurities in 1946. Mel Torme and/or his Mel-Tones are actually the stars on nine of these 15 selections, including a spirited "What Is This Thing Called Love?" The clarinetist plays well enough but often sounds as if his heart was not really in the music; at this point it was just a day's work for him.