Personnel includes: Mel Torme, Cleo Laine (vocals); George Shearing, Alan Broadbent, Marty Paich Dek-tette, Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass.
Producers: Carl E. Jefferson, Mel Torme, Marty Paich, John Burk.
Compilation producer: John Burk.
Recorded between 1983 and 1995. Includes liner notes by Mel Torme, John Burk, Hugh Hefner, Leonard Maltin, Leonard Feather, Rex Reed and George Shearing.
Singer Mel Torm? recorded many of his finest sets during his long period with the Concord label. This 1997 sampler has a dozen previously released ballads and features many examples of Torm?'s wondrous breath control and beautiful voice; highlights include "More Than You Know," "If You Could See Me Now," and "I'll Be Seeing You." However, the music mostly sticks to the same mood (no hard swinging or extensive scatting here), and the liner notes do not give the personnel or the exact recording dates. Collectors are advised to get Torm?'s many complete sessions, though beginners who just want to hear Torm? singing ballads will find this worth their time. ~ Scott Yanow