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  • Audio CD (1 July 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord
  • ASIN: B0000006GS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,915 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Whisper Not/Love Me Or Leave Me (Live - Vocal)George Shearing and Mel Tormé 4:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Out Of This World (Live - Vocal)George Shearing and Mel Tormé 5:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Someday I'll Find You (Live - Instrumental)George Shearing and John Leitham 2:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Midnight Sun (Live - Vocal)George Shearing and Mel Tormé 5:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. New York, New York MedleyMel Tormé 6:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. The Folks Who Live On The Hill (Live - Vocal)George Shearing and Mel Tormé 5:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Bittersweet (Live - Instrumental)George Shearing and John Leitham 5:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Since I Fell For You (Live - Vocal)George Shearing and Mel Tormé 4:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. The Way You Look Tonight (Live - Vocal)George Shearing and Mel Tormé 3:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Anyone Can Whistle/A Tune For Humming (Live - Instrumental)George Shearing 5:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. When Sunny Gets Blue (Live - Vocal)George Shearing and Mel Tormé 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Little Man You've Had A Busy Day (Album Version)George Shearing and Mel Tormé 5:55£0.99  Buy MP3 

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Paul on 2 Feb. 2004
Format: Audio CD
After more than 40 years in the business at the time this recording was made in 1988, Mel Torme's voice is as clear, versatile and note perfect as it was when he made his first recording in 1937.
Covering some of his old hits and some jazz standards, Torme settles into the groove as an equal part of the quartet and displays his years of experience throughout the 12 tracks. Recorded live, the performance is virtually perfect. The only slight - and it is a very slight hitch - comes in the musically ingenious and beautifully constructed joke of the stunning New Tork, New York medley, where pianist Geroge Shearing is so taken with the joke that he nearly fluffs his scripted line.
With the very clever New York, New York alone making the album worth buying, stunningly rendered songs such as the Folks Who Live on the Hill, Out of This World and When Sunny Gets Blue make this a recording to savour.
Being an equal part of the quartet, Torme takes a back seat on Bittersweet to give Shearing and bass player John Leitham the chance to demonstrate some sublime playing during their tight and focussed duet. If you don't notice the high standard of musicianship that plays in support of Torme, this track alone is likely to send you back to the beginning to listen over and listen 'properly'.
Technically brilliant, musically inventive and surprising, Torme demonstrates that he has every right to be named in the same breath as more famous - but arguably less gifted - singers of his period. If you like cool, mellow and sophisticated music to unwind to, give this album a shot. You wont regret it.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 29 Jun. 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 his voice had never been better--he never smoked (unusual in this industry), and his voice was mellow and mature, 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 on the CD, "Little Man You've Had a Busy Day," an unabashedly sentimental song which could not be farther from the typical grand finale--a song presented softly, quietly, and slowly--the opposite of the wild finishes one usually finds on live allbums. 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,totally controlled, and atmospheric. Shearing solos on "Someday I'll find You," an unusual, funky track, cheerful and upbeat (and written, surprisingly, by Noel Coward)--and in the combo of "Anyone Can Whistle/A Tune for Humming," filled with subtle changes in melody and mood.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bulfidle36 on 5 Feb. 2012
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This great CD was a Christmas present.The coupling of George Shearing and Mel Torme was a stroke of genius,so much in evidence here.The quality of musicianship displayed by both performers leaves me gasping for breath.The humour and technical brilliance won't be topped,for at leat several generations,if ever.It should be in the library of any and everyone who loves these two great jazz performers.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By carpy on 14 Nov. 2011
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purchased on a friend's recommendation. recorded at paul masson's californian vineyard. excellent recording nostalgic music played and sung by 2 of the best. the immaculate phrasing and diction of mel torme accompanied by the incomparable george shearing.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
One More of The Long Series of Tormé-Shearing Collaboration 10 July 2000
By Carlos from Rio - Published on Amazon.com
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.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
One of the best Live performances you'll experience! 5 Jan. 2005
By Fritzholn1 - Published on Amazon.com
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!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Torme and Shearing, the ultimate live performance. 18 July 2006
By Mary Whipple - Published on Amazon.com
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. Torme and Shearing engage in delightful, humorous banter in a medley of six songs in "New York, New York," in which Torme leads the audience to expect a Sinatra-style extravaganza through the familiar, repeating honky-tonk intro, then switches to "Me and My Gal," in the same tempo and key.

With a wonderful balance of songs--slow, moody tracks alternating with upbeat, sprightly melodies--the CD is full of creative jazz interpretations and remarkably little scat. "Since I Fell For You," presented as a funky blues song, and the upbeat, syncopated "The Way You Look Tonight," one of the few songs with scat, are standouts. With Torme's beautiful sound and sensitive interpretations (reminiscent of his earlier recordings as a crooner, on CDs such as "The London Sessions"), this album is an intimate live performance in which two of the greats make some of their most beautiful music together, and do it in jazz. Mary Whipple
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Fabulous! 13 Dec. 2003
By Robert J. Collarini - Published on Amazon.com
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
TORME AND SHEARING - A GREATER SUM OF EACH OTHER 19 Sept. 2005
By Lady Gal Music - Published on Amazon.com
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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