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"Divaville Lounge" with Sarah O (archive)

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Sunday, September 13, 2015 | 14:00 to 16:00 | jazz/pop vocalists

Artist Song Album Label Comments
Mel Torme o/ Sonny Burke Comin' Home Baby Mel Torme Collection Rhino happy birthday Mel Torme! today's show - 2 hour tribute
Mel Torme o/ Chico Marx Abraham The Best of Mel Torme Torme's very first recording! He was 17 years old, his first real singing gig was with Chico Marx' orchestra. Due to the recording strike this 1942 radio broadcast is the only surviving recording of Torme from this era. THe announcer at the beginning gets his name wrong, calls him "Mel Tornay"
Mel Torme o/ Sonny Burke Born to Be Blue Mel Torme Collection Rhino rec. 1944 written by Mel Torme & Bob Wells
Mel Torme & the Mel-Tones o/ Artie Shaw What Is This Thing Called Love Jazz and Velvet Proper UK rec. 1946 Torme idolized Shaw & loved working with him. Torme wrote the arrangements for the Mel-Tones & said he emulated Jimmie Lunceford's sax section in the Mel-Tones' arrangements
Mel Torme o/ Artie Shaw Get Out of Town Jazz and Velvet Proper UK rec. 1946 Shaw was so happy with Torme's work he hired him to do additional tracks as a solo vocalist
Mel Torme & the Mel-Tones How High the Moon The Mel Torme Collection Rhino rec. 1948 radio broadcast Mel scats a riff of Charlie Parker at the end of the song
Artie Shaw I'm Coming Virginia King of the Clarinet inst.
Mel Torme Love Me or Leave Jazz and Velvet Proper UK rec. 1947 Torme moved to the Musicraft label and developed a strong jazz sound in this era
Mel Torme Three Little Words The Mel Torme Collection Rhino rec. 1947
Mel Torme Night and Day The Mel Torme Collection Rhio rec. 1948
Mel Torme Careless Hands Spotlight on Mel Torme: Great Gentlemen of Song Capitol rec. 1949 Torme moved to Capitol and with this song had his first big hit
Mel Torme Blue Moon 20th Century Masters Capitol rec. 1949 this song was the cause of huge conflict between Torme and composer Richard Rodgers on the set of the film WORDS AND MUSIC. Rodgers got the song recorded his way for the film; the next year Torme did it his way. That's the recording we're hearing now & that's the performance that has endured
Oscar Peterson Trio They Can't Take That Away from Me Oscar Peterson Plays Pretty Verve inst.
Mel Torme Mountain Greenery Mel Torme in Hollywood Verve rec 1955 live at the Crescendo in Hollywood
Mel Torme My Shining Hour Mel Torme in Hollywood Verve rec 1955 live at the Crescendo in Hollywood
Mel Torme That Old Black Magic Mel Torme Collection Rhino rec 1955 live at the Crescendo in Hollywood, note late in the piece Torme weaves other tunes into the melody while he continues singing the primary song. THis was a favorite arranging technique of Torme's especially using "Adios" in other songs
Mel Torme w/ Jimmy Wisner Trio It's Delovely Mel Torme at the Red Hill Rhino rec 1962
Mel Torme I'm Beginning to See the Light Mel Torme at the Crescendo Bethlehem rec 1957 live at the Crescendo in Hollywood, this is the first track we hear today w/ Marty Paich who led the orchestra in some of Torme's best work
Mel Torme and Ella Fitzgerald Song Medley The Garry Moore Show rec. 1961 for television. Torme loved Fitzgerald and always wanted to record with her, but even though they were both on Verve for years it never happened. Torme blamed Norman Granz with whom he had a bad relationship
George Shearing Pick Yourself Up The Complete Jerome Kern Songbook inst.
Mel Torme o/ Marty Paich Dek-tette Lullaby of Birdland Mel Torme and the Marty Paich Dek-tette Bethlehem rec. 1957 composer George Shearing, with whom Torme toured for many years late in their careers. Some of Torme's best work was recorded with Paich. The "Dek-tette" was modeled after Gerry Mulligan's Mulligan Tentet
Mel Torme o/ Marty Paich Dek-tette Nice Work if You Can Get It Mel Torme Sings Fred Astaire Bethlehem rec. 1957 Torme recorded many songs Astaire had popularized
Mel Torme o/ Marty Paich Dek-tette I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart Prelude to a Kiss Bethlehem rec. 1957 Torme admired Ellington, he said later than in the 40s he would go see Ellington perform and Ellington would invite Torme up on stage, call him "my first chair percussionist" and let him play with the band during "Rockin' in Rhythm"
Mel Torme o/ Marty Paich Dek-tette Too Close for Comfort Mel Torme Swings Schubert Alley Verve rec. 1960 sadly the Bethlehem label folded after Torme and Paich had only made a few albums with them
Mel Torme, vocal & solo piano These Foolish Things The Mel Torme Collection Rhino rec 1957 in London
Mel Torme o/ Billy May At the Crossroads (Malaguena) Ole Torme UMVD rec 1959, Torme and May did a Latin album together
Mel Torme o Russell Garcia Swingin' on the Moon Swingin' on the Moon Verve rec 1960, written by Mel Torme, this was the title song from a concept album of moon songs
BIlly May Orchestra Lean Baby Capitol Records from the Vaults v. 3 Capitol inst.
Mel Torme & the Mel-Tones A Stranger in Town The Mel Torme Collection Rhino rec. 1944, written by Mel Torme & Robert Wells
Peggy Lee & Mel Torme Bless You (For the Good that's In You) Peggy Lee The Singles Collection Capitol written by Mel Torme
Mel Torme County Fair Mel Torme in Hollywood Verve rec 1955 live at the Crescendo in Hollywood, written by Mel Torme & Robert Wells
Mel Torme The Christmas Song Compact Jazz Torme's most famous composition, he and Wells wrote the song in 40 minutes sitting on the patio of a California hotel in high summer
Mel Torme A Day in the Life of Bonnie and Clyde The Mel Torme Collection Rhino rec 1968 this was probably the most successful (musically speaking) part of Torme's attempt to incorporate modern styles into his sound. He was briefly with Columbia and Capitol, both of which forced him to make terrible covers of songs like "Sunshine Superman" and "Games People Play." He said later he felt like they were trying to destroy him, and he considered leaving the music business entirely and becoming a private airplane pilot instead
George Shearing September in the Rain Unforgettable Instrumental Hits inst.
Mel Torme Theme from "Arthur" Mel Torme Collection Rhino rec. 1958 in NYC
Mel Torme SUnday in New York Bachelor in Paradise Rhino
Mel Torme w/ George Shearing New York, New York Instant Party Concord rec 1978
Mel Torme o/ Hal Mooney Gone with the Wind Mel Torme Collection Rhino rec. 1948 another example of layering the song "Adios" under another melody