Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Mel Tormé with The Marty Paich Dektette
with The Marty Paich Dek-Tette
1956 Bethlehem BCP-52 [mono, dg]
Mel Torme vcl, Marty Paich piano arr., Pete Candoli, Don Fagerquist trumpet, Bob Enevoldsen trombone, Bud Shank alto sax, flute, Bob Cooper, Jack Montrose tenor sax, Jack DuLong baritone sax, Vince DeRosa, John Cave flugelhorn, Albert Pollan tuba, Red Mitchell bass, Mel Lewis drums.
cover: VG+/VG [partial split seams]
record: VG+/VG [/]
"This Bethlehem LP (last reissued in 1978 and originally known as Mel Tormé and the Marty Paich Dek-Tette) is a classic. Singer Mel Tormé was matched for the first time with arranger Marty Paich's ten piece group which was called The Dek-tette. Among the sidemen are trumpeters Pete Candoli and Don Fagerquist, valve trombonist Bob Enevoldsen, Bud Shank on alto and flute and either Bob Cooper or Jack Montrose on tenors; in addition Paich uses both a French horn and a tuba. The arranged ensembles and cool-toned soloists match perfectly with Tormé's warm voice and there are many highpoints to this essential date. In particular "Lulu's Back in Town," "When the Sun Comes Out," "Fascinatin' Rhythm," "The Lady Is a Tramp" and "Lullaby of Birdland" are standouts but all dozen selections are excellent. This is one of Mel Tormé's finest records of the 1950s. " Scott Yanow, All Music.