Christmas Songs

Mel Tormé

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Christmas Songs Review

by Scott Yanow

Because Mel Tormé co-wrote "The Christmas Song," it was a surprise to many of his fans that when he recorded this full-length Christmas album for Telarc in 1992, it was his first. Since he is backed by a large orchestra (conducted by Keith Lockhart) in addition to his regular trio and the emphasis is on ballad renditions, Tormé does not get many opportunities to scat and swing on this pleasing but unadventurous set. However, the 16-track album, which includes several medleys and a pair of instrumentals for the orchestra, features tasteful and melodic Tormé interpretations of 20 Christmas-associated songs, and the album is worthwhile, if not essential.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Mel Tormé feat: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 04:16 Amazon
2 Mel Tormé feat: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 02:30 Amazon
3 Mel Tormé feat: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 03:18 Amazon
4 Mel Tormé feat: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 03:24 Amazon
5
Mel Tormé feat: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 05:12 Amazon
6 Mel Tormé feat: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 02:58 Amazon
7 Mel Tormé feat: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 03:49 Amazon
8 Mel Tormé feat: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 04:11 Amazon
9 Mel Tormé feat: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 03:39 Amazon
10 Mel Tormé feat: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 05:21 Amazon
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Mel Tormé feat: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 03:48 Amazon
12 Mel Tormé feat: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 05:03 Amazon
13 Mel Tormé feat: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 03:51 Amazon
14 Mel Tormé feat: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 01:39 Amazon
15 Mel Tormé feat: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 03:25 Amazon
16 Mel Tormé feat: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 03:58 Amazon
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