Mel Tormé

Velvet & Brass

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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

Mel Tormé is in excellent voice for this matchup with Rob McConnell's Boss Brass, but somehow there is not as much musical magic as one might expect. With the exception of "My Sweetie Went Away" and "On the Swing Shift," none of the songs are exactly little-known, there are more ballads and less swingers than is optimal, and although there are a few short solos, the Boss Brass sounds surprisingly anonymous in this setting. The CD, although not without interest, does not quite live up to its great potential.

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