Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Mel Torme - Sings Fred Astaire

Though it's sometimes relegated to second or third place among Tormé's best albums of the '50s (behind Mel Tormé and the Marty Paich Dek-Tette and It's a Blue World), it's difficult to hear how Mel Tormé Sings Fred Astaire can't be the best album of his entire career. Featuring an artist at the peak of his ability and talent, a collection of top-drawer songs from the best pop composers ever, and a swinging ten-piece that forms the perfect accompaniment, Sings Fred Astaire is one of the best up-tempo vocal albums ever recorded. Coming hot on the heels of Mel Tormé and the Marty Paich Dek-Tette in 1956, this tribute to Hollywood's most stylish dancer finds Tormé obliging with his nimblest and most elegant singing. Even while Marty Paich's band takes "The Way You Look Tonight" and "Cheek to Cheek" at a breakneck pace that Astaire himself would've had trouble with, Tormé floats over the top with death-defying vocal acrobatics. He's breezy and sophisticated on "They Can't Take That Away from Me," ecstatic and effervescent on "Top Hat, White Tie and Tails" (matching an exuberant solo by trumpeter Pete Candoli), and even breaks out an affectionate croon for "A Foggy Day." A collection of perfect hard-swinging pop with a few ballads thrown in for good measure makes Sings Fred Astaire a masterpiece of the vocal era. - by John Bush, AMG

Artist: Mel Tormé and The Marty paich Dek-Tette
Album: Mel Tormé Sings Fred Astaire
Year: 1956
Label: Affinity (1987)
Runtime: 35:47

1.  Nice Work if You Can Get It (George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin) 3:12
2.  Somethings Gotta Give (Johnny Mercer) 4:00
3.  A Foggy Day (George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin) 2:47
4.  A Fine Romance (Jerome Kern/Dorothy Fields) 3:04
5.  Let's Call the Whole Thing Off (George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin) 3:29
6.  Top Hat, White Ties and Tails (Irving Berlin) 3:11
7.  The Way You Look Tonight (Jerome Kern/Dorothy Fields) 2:25
8.  The Piccolino (Irving Berlin) 2:38
9.  They Can't Take That Away from Me (George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin) 3:04
10.  Cheek to Cheek (Irving Berlin) 3:01
11.  Let's Face the Music and Dance (Irving Berlin) 2:22
12.  They All Laughed (George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin) 2:29

Mel Torme (Vocals)
Marty Paich (Conductor, Arranger, Piano)
Don Fagerquist (Trumpet)
Herb Geller (Alto Saxophone)
Jack Montrose (Tenor Saxophone)
Bob Enevoldsen (Trombone)
Vincent de Rosa (French Horn)
Jack DuLong (Baritone Saxophone)
Max Bennett (Double Bass)
Pete Candoli (Trumpet)
Albert Pollan (Tuba)
Alvin Stoller (Drums)


  1. Thanks a lot for this disc. I just wanted to tell you about a problem I had with the cue files : when I use Max to convert in mp3 I don't have any files in this software.
    Is it possible to have the individual files in flac or mp3 format ?
    Thanks a lot,

  2. Hey Anonymous.
    Try using Daemon Tools Lite (free) to create a virtual CD drive and mount the cue file. It will then appear to the system as an audio cd which you can treat as you normally would. Always works for me

    Hope this helps

  3. OK - one more thing to make this work:
    Replace the é in Tormé with e (Torme) both in the flac filename and in the filename in the cue file (edit with notepad) and the files will be recognised.

    Good luck

  4. Thank you.
    Nice album although I think Astaire's versions of songs take a lot of beating. He may not have the vocal gymnastics of Tormé but there's a naive charm to his voice that is very appealing.

  5. Anyone have a new link to it?



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