Mel Tormé (with Marty Paich): The Carioca


The Carioca


Mel Tormé and the Marty Paich Dek-tette


Mel Tormé and the Marty Paich Dek-tette (Fresh Sound FRS 2230)

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Mel Tormé (vocals), Don Fagerquist (trumpet), Pete Candoli (trumpet), Bob Enevoldsen (valve trombone), Bud Shank (alto sax), Bob Cooper (tenor sax), Jack DuLong (baritone sax), Vince DeRosa (French horn), Red Mitchell (bass), Mel Lewis (drums),

Albert Pollan (tuba)


Composed by Vincent Youmans, Edward Eliscu and Gus Kahn


Recorded: Hollywood, January 16-17, 1956


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

Whoever doubts Mel Tormé's skill as a jazz singer should listen to the first 25 seconds of this track, where he sings first with only bass, then bass and percussion, before the orchestra enters. Perfect, relaxed time, great pitch, superb inflections, fantastic phrasing… the “velvet fog” had it all! And his association with master arranger Marty Paich was a miracle. The song is rather corny, granted. But the magic of it all is that the Tormé-Paich team makes the best of it, from the valve trombone and alto sax solos to the clave, not to mention the lush voice of Mel Tormé surrounded by his deeply empathic pals from the Marty Paich Dek-tette.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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