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Editorial Reviews


1. Whisper Not/Love Me or Leave Me
2. Out of This World
3. Someday I'll Find You
4. The Midnight Sun
5. New York, New York Medley: For Me and My Gal/Mack the Knife/Birth ...
6. Folks Who Live on the Hill
7. Bittersweet
8. Since I Fell for You
9. The Way You Look Tonight
10. Anyone Can Whistle/A Tune for Humming
11. When Sunny Gets Blue
12. Little Man, You've Had a Busy Day

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 9, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B0000AUHRY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,150 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Carlos from Rio on July 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Another master CD on vocal performance and piano playing. One of the live dates by Tormé and Shearing for Concord Records. Please don't count on anyone serious to choose only one of these CDs. Buy all. This CD specially offers a sensational medley based on "New York, New York" where all songs are played backed by the same rhythm bars which opens "New York ...". Great, Intelligent, Creative.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Fritzholn1 on January 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Many artists display their reliance on studio tricks and re-dubs when they venture out to a live performance, but not these two giants! An old jazz history professor turned me on to the Velvet Fog years ago and I can't believe I overlooked this album before now. A classic example of two geniuses playing off of each other and the crowd with wit, admiration and musicality. Want humor? Listen to all the song references they manage to intertwine into their New York, New York medley. Moonlight Serenade riffs to New York, New York? Are you kidding me? You have to add this CD to your collection!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
When Mel Torme and George Shearing, friends who recorded together often, performed at the Paul Masson Mountain Winery in 1987, each was at his peak. Torme was then sixty-two years old, but he had never smoked (unusual in this industry), and his voice, mellower and more mature, was even better at sixty-two than it was at thirty-two. Shearing, at age sixty-eight, having signed with Concord Records in 1979, was enjoying a renaissance as a jazz pianist, making stunning recordings with Carmen McRae, Peggy Lee, and Mel Torme, among others.

In this vibrant live performance, both Torme and Shearing are relaxed, more interested in communicating with the audience and each other than in special effects and pyrotechnics. This approach is epitomized in the final track, "Little Man You've Had a Busy Day," an unabashedly sentimental song which could not be farther from the typical wild, grand finale for live CDs--a song presented softly, quietly, and slowly. Intimacy is the watchword here, with Torme and Shearing concentrating on mood, atmosphere, and creative interpretation, rather than on showmanship.

This is not to say that the CD lacks showmanship! "Out of this World" begins with a haunting piano solo by Shearing and gains power when Torme enters and sings in dissonance to the piano, more slowly than normal, lush in sound and totally controlled. Shearing solos on "Someday I'll find You," an unusual, funky track, cheerful and upbeat (and written, surprisingly, by Noel Coward)--and in "Anyone Can Whistle/A Tune for Humming," filled with subtle changes in melody and mood.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Collarini on December 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Wow...what a find!
Torme's remarkable vioce and Shearing's elegant piano are a combination not to be trifled with. Torme's deceptively easy delivery can sometimes belie his skills, but in this effort they are perfectly mated with Shearing's understated work. The result is that rare unexplainable gem when the sum is infinitely greater than the parts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lady Gal Music on September 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
No one can deny that Mel Torme and George Shearing have, in their solo status brought the sound of jazz to millions of people over the years. But this concert album proves that when put together, George Shearing and Mel Torme are greater than their individual parts. This recording contains standards such as "The Midnight Sun" which is given a Latin twist. You'll also find rare tunes like Noel Coward's "Someday I'll Find You" which George turns into a funky waltz. There are generous bows to Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker and Mel's tender "Little Man You've Had A Busy Day" gives us another side of the man. There is humor amid the nostalgia in the medley "New York, New York" -- makes me wish I were at this concert. My favorites were "Folks Who Live On the Hill" (lots of singers have done this chestnut, but not the way Torme gives it to us--as a family love song to keep in our hearts). The opening song "Whisper Not/Love Me or Leave Me" has by now become a standard for others but it is Mel's rendition that is BEST. There is real emotion and something akin to healing born out of this album. This album was produced at the Paul Masson Winery in Saratoga, California on a Sunday afternoon, an ideal outdoor setting for their music. Torme and Shearing banter back and forth with the audience and make the listening of this CD and alliance and passion for a day and moment gone by. Torme and Shearing bring with them the relaxed humor that is infectuous. I recommend this CD with a 5 star rating. And because George Shearing and Mel Torme belong together in a California concert afternoon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 27, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This concert is so delightful and unobstrusive it can be played as background music or listened to very intently to the musical nuances of color, tone and harmonies that thesetwo musical super-stars can do so well!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
When Mel Torme and George Shearing, friends who recorded together often, performed at the Paul Masson Mountain Winery in 1987, each was at his peak. Torme was then sixty-two years old, but he had never smoked (unusual in this industry), and his voice, mellower and more mature, was even better at sixty-two than it was at thirty-two. Shearing, at age sixty-eight, having signed with Concord Records in 1979, was enjoying a renaissance as a jazz pianist, making stunning recordings with Carmen McRae, Peggy Lee, and Mel Torme, among others.

In this vibrant live performance, both Torme and Shearing are relaxed, more interested in communicating with the audience and each other than in special effects and pyrotechnics. This approach is epitomized in the final track, "Little Man You've Had a Busy Day," an unabashedly sentimental song which could not be farther from the typical wild, grand finale for live CDs--a song presented softly, quietly, and slowly. Intimacy is the watchword here, with Torme and Shearing concentrating on mood, atmosphere, and creative interpretation, rather than on showmanship.

This is not to say that the CD lacks showmanship! "Out of this World" begins with a haunting piano solo by Shearing and gains power when Torme enters and sings in dissonance to the piano, more slowly than normal, lush in sound and totally controlled. Shearing solos on "Someday I'll find You," an unusual, funky track, cheerful and upbeat (and written, surprisingly, by Noel Coward)--and in "Anyone Can Whistle/A Tune for Humming," filled with subtle changes in melody and mood.
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