Mel Tormé: The Way You Look Tonight


The Way You Look Tonight


Marty Paich Dek-Tette


The Bethlehem Years (Shout! Factory 37985)

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Mel Tormé (vocals), Herb Geller (alto sax), Bob Enevoldsen (valve trombone),

Pete Candoli, Don Fagerquist (trumpet), Vince DeRosa (French horn), Albert Pollan (tuba), Jack Montrose (tenor sax), Jack Dulong (baritone sax), Marty Paich (piano), Max Bennett (bass), Alvin Stoller (drums)


Composed by Jerome Kern & Dorothy Fields. Arranged by Marty Paich


Recorded: Hollywood, CA, November 1956


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

For a certain kind of jazz at a certain point in history, this may be a pinnacle. "West Coast Jazz" with its occasional clichéd slickness (among other positives or negatives, depending what side of the fight you fall on) doesn’t sound much better than this. Tormé, the child prodigy, drummer, pianist, songwriter (“The Christmas Song”!), arranger and one of the great jazz singers, never sounded so in his element as he does here. From the opening fugal setting of the melody, the brisk tempo and great solos from alto sax and valve trombone, this track has a frantic exuberance that just won’t quit. It’s a peerless arrangement with the French horn doubling the vocal line on the last verse for the final icing on the cake.

Reviewer: Frank Murphy

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