Mel Tormé

Lulu's Back in Town [Giants of Jazz]

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Though the credits on this Italian import do not acknowledge it, this collection consists of material originally released on two Bethlehem Records albums, Mel Tormé with the Marty Paich Dektette (BCP 52) and Mel Tormé Sings Fred Astaire (BCP 6013), in 1957. The tracks have been mixed up together, which is okay since nearly the same players are involved; the Paich Dektette also accompany Tormé on the Astaire album, which was recorded ten months after the self-titled effort, and there had only been a few personnel changes in the group in that time. The earlier album also contains songs associated with Astaire, such as "The Carioca" and "Fascinatin' Rhythm." Tormé found an ideal backup group in the Paich Dektette, and these recordings, which are presented in good sound quality, demonstrate that.

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