- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album: Atlantic 8069 (1962)
Description by OLDIES.com:
A CD reissue of Mel Torme's classic 1962 album, "Comin' Home Baby!," featuring arrangements by Shorty Rogers and Claus Ogerman.
Mojo (Publisher) - 2/01, p.102
"...A valuable, long unavailable 1962 album....sandwiching some brilliantly sharp readings of jazz themes between despised (by him) R&B novelties..."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1224 stars out of 5
- "[D]elivered to inch-perfect jazz-pizzazz perfection by a singer at the height of his cool-school powers."
- 1.Comin' Home Baby
- 2.Dat Dere
- 3.The Lady's In Love With You
- 5.Puttin' On The Ritz
- 8.Sing You Sinners
- 9.Whisper Not
- 10.On Green Dolphin Street
- 11.Sidney's Soliloquy
- 12.Right Now
Originally released on Atlantic.
Personnel: Mel Torm? (vocals, drums); Bill Hood, Bob Cooper, Bud Shank, Buddy Collette (woodwinds); Joe Burnett, Al Porcino, Ray Triscari, Ollie Mitchell (trumpet); Milt Bernhart, Harry Betts, Kenny Shroyer (trombone); John Kitzmiller (tuba); Mike Wofford (piano); Gene Estes (vibraphone); Larry Bunker (drums); The Cookies (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Nat Hentoff.
Recording information: 07/11/1962-09/13/1962.
Arrangers: Claus Ogerman; Shorty Rogers.
Aside from being a gifted jazz singer (he was forced to do a lot of pop material throughout his career to survive), Mel Torme was also an actor, a solid songwriter, an arranger (he handled the chart arrangements for most of his recordings), a credible drummer, and a more than competent author, but it is as a singer that he will always be remembered. This brief set includes his only U.S. Top 40 single, the bluesy "Coming Home Baby" from 1962, and the Rodgers and Hart tune "Mountain Greenery," which Torme took into the Top Ten in the U.K. ~ Steve Leggett