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iTunes Music Review - An Evening with George Shearing & Mel Torm�

  • An Evening with George Shearing & Mel Torm�

    • 10 out of 5
    • Mel Torm� & George Shearing
    • Reviewed by Ricky Spero
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    • Of the three men who taught me how to sing, the last was Mel Torme. Apparently, Mel Torme is a joke to anyone more than a decade older than me, a living parody of a Vegas crooner. But I stumbled on this album, the first of four that he recorded with the brilliant pianist George Shearing, without any cultural baggage, and all I heard was the music.Torme is an instrumentalist's singer. A capable pianist and drummer in his own right, Torme could wring a ballad dry (as in "Might as Well Be Spring"), then spin around and scat as reckless a solo as any I've heard (I exhibit the Baroque-sounding groove he and Shearing strike up in "Lullaby of Birdland"). The album also sparkles with Shearing's swing-like-hell style at the keyboard, which helps produce some the happiest tracks ever recorded, including "Give Me the Simple Life" and "Manhattan Hoedown."

     

     

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Jim Fournier said:

Anyone who thinks Mel Torme is a joke has no ears and is seriously uninformed.  I saw him at the Boston Globe Jazz Festival more than a few years ago.  The formidable Gerry Mulligan Band opened; they also backed Mel, and he pulled them into a stratospheric performance.
I would also note that Marilyn Monroe was wont to call him in the middle of the night to “comfort” her when she was feeling down.
This is a first rate album, even if popular musical tastes have passed this style by.

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