Mel Tormé: All I Need is the Girl


All I Need Is the Girl


Mel Tormé (vocals)


Mel Tormé Swings Shubert Alley (Verve 821 581-2)

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Mel Tormé (vocals), Al Porcino (trumpet), Stu Williamson (trumpet), Frank Rosolino (trombone), Art Pepper (alto sax), Bill Perkins (tenor sax), Red Callender (bass), Joe Mondragon (bass), Mel Lewis (drums),

Vince DeRosa (French horn), Bill Hood (baritone sax)


Composed by Stephen Sondheim & Jule Stein. Arranged by Marty Paich


Recorded: Los Angeles, January 21, 1960


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Ring-a-Ding singing doesn't get any better than Mel Tormé with the Marty Paich Dek-Tette. Blending the lightness of Gerry Mulligan's pianoless quartet with Birth of the Cool sonorities, Paich shows why he was arranger of choice for with-it vocalists. And nobody was more with-it than Mel Tormé, whose musicianship was as immaculate as his tuxedo (here fitted by drummer Mel "The Tailor" Lewis with additional stitching from tenorman Bill Perkins). Plus, on this track we get Tormé's hilarious hipsterism, seemingly ripped from the pages of the Playboy advisor: "Got a sports car," he inventories. "Nutty Jaguar—like wow!" And how.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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