Mel Tormé

The Great American Songbook: Live at Michael's Pub

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Mel Tormé, 67 at the time of this recording, proves to still be very much in his musical prime. His range remains impressive, his creative abilities have grown through the years and his breath control is remarkable; as proof Tormé holds some very long notes at the conclusion of some of the ballads. This live set finds Tormé backed by what he dubbed "the Great American Songbook Orchestra," his usual trio plus a dozen horns. The band gets "Ya Gotta Try" as an instrumental and Tormé sits in on drums on "Rockin' in Rhythm" but otherwise the orchestra sticks to its anonymous role in the background. The singer wrote ten of the 15 arrangements and programmed plenty of variety in moods and tempos for his voice including a seven-song Duke Ellington mini-set. His masterful interpretation of "Stardust" is a highpoint. Recommended.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 4:07
2
3:02
3 4:03
4 5:27
5 3:06
6
3:09
7
6:08
8 4:34
9 7:13
10
3:47
11
5:37
12 4:27
13
4:23
14 2:43
15 1:04
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