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FIESTA IN BLUE
WHAT ARE YOU DOING THE REST OF YOUR LIFE?
GET ME TO THE CHURCH ON TIME
IT TAKES TOO LONG TO LEARN TO LIVE ALONE
THE PARTY'S OVER
At the Maisonette, Mel was backed by the Al Porcino Orchestra. What initially was supposed to be a live Al Porcino Orchestra album with Mel on one track turned out to be a tour de force vocal performance by Mr. Tormé. Backed by a powerhouse orchestra of 15 players, Al Porcino (“one of the greatest lead trumpet players of all times,” Mr. Tormé has said) and Mel tore up the Maisonette Room of the St. Regis Hotel New York on those nights of September 1974. All the arrangements were by Mel, which earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist for the “Gershwin Medley.”
“Mel Tormé opened at the Maisonette and his fans threw roses at his feet.” - Earl Wilson
“Tormé is better than any movie. He conducts like Bernstein, writes the best songs and the cleverest band charts in the business. Everything he does is in faultless good taste, with supernatural class and good humor.”
“He does things only a superior musician can do; he can change keys, sing up and down, make modulations, all the licks, and he always builds up to a dramatic climax and then he puts a dramatic climax on top of that. I'm telling you he's the best singing entertainer I've ever seen.”
Tormé's most recent stand at the Maisonette was, perhaps, his most successful and exciting. Not a little of the credit goes to the Al Porcino Orchestra, which the singer presented to Manhattan's cafégoers for the first time during his engagement.
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