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Ellington & Basie Songbooks
Mel Torme
Ellington & Basie Songbooks
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
  •  Track Listings (12) - Disc #1


CD Details

All Artists: Mel Torme
Title: Ellington & Basie Songbooks
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Polygram Records
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Swing Jazz, Traditional Jazz & Ragtime, Vocal Jazz, Bebop, Oldies, Vocal Pop, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 042282324825, 042282324849

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CD Reviews

joe mama | marin county, ca | 07/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Why this CD is still out of print remains a mystery, as the "Duke Ellington/Count Basie Songbook" (originally titled "I Dig the Duke, I Dig the Count") is arguably the best album Torme recorded for Verve. As one would expect, the songs are great--especially the slow numbers like "I Like the Sunrise," "Reminiscin' in Tempo" (with lyrics by Torme), and blues numbers like "I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town" and "In the Evening (When the Sun Goes Down)." Meanwhile, Torme's voice is at its very best and the arrangements by the legendary Johnny Mandel are cutting-edge.

Although "Mel Torme Swings Schubert Alley" gets the most recognition for being Torme's best album from the Verve years, I'd go with "The Ellington/Basie Songbooks," followed closely by the grossly underrated "Torme.""
The Best!
Dodger2829 | New York, NY United States | 04/07/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"An outstanding recording. Torme at his swinging best. Amazing brass section. 12 exceptional tracks with "Blue and Sentimental" "I'm Gonna' Go Fishin'" "Down for Double" and "Sent For You Yesterday" leading the pack. Oddly enough, most of the Ellington "hits" are not on this CD. It should have been a double set. This album has been playing on my Ipod for weeks! Great stuff!"