JazzTimes - 3/97, p.103
"...Mel sings flawlessly throughout the entire hour..."
A&E AN EVENING WITH MEL TORME is the soundtrack from the A&E television special.
Personnel: Mel Torme (vocals); Mike Renzi (piano); John Leitham (bass); Donny Osborne (bass).
Recorded live at the Disney Institute, Orlando, Florida on July 23, 1996. Includes liner notes by Rob Wilcox.
Personnel: Mel Torm‚ (vocals); Mike Renzi (piano); Donny Osborne (drums).
Audio Mixer: Phil Edwards .
Liner Note Author: Rob Wilcox.
Recording information: Disney Institute, Orlando, FL (07/23/1996).
This was singer Mel Torm‚'s last recording before he was stricken with a serious stroke. Remarkably, Torm‚ had gradually improved both as a singer and as a jazz improviser all throughout his sixties (his voice was in phenomenal shape), and he is heard on this live set, filmed for a television special, in peak form despite being 70. Joined by his regular trio (pianist Mike Renzi, bassist John Leitham, and drummer Donny Osborne), Torm‚ performs a typical swing-oriented program that includes a Benny Goodman medley, a memorable rendition of "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" (he could hold notes on ballads endlessly without wavering), a heated "Pick Yourself Up," and a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald on "Oh, Lady Be Good," among other numbers. Ironically, Torm‚ concluded what may be his final recording with a touching rendition of "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye." ~ Scott Yanow