Mel Tormé

Together Again for the First Time

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Fans of Mel Torme and Buddy Rich (and of the album they recorded together in 1975) will rejoice to know that TOGETHER AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME, which pairs the Velvet Fog with Buddy Rich's Orchestra, was finally issued on CD in 2006. The mode is big band swing with pop leanings, and while Torme doing Stevie Wonder's "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" might seem a bit odd, who's complaining when Torme is in such fine voice? "Blues in the Night" and Torme's tribute to the great Ella Fitzgerald on a modified version of "Oh, Lady Be Good" are the disc highlights, and fans of Rich's drumming won't be disappointed with the bandleader's fine solo spots.

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