Mel Tormé, George Shearing & Gerry Mulligan – The Classic Concert Live

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The Classic Concert Live is a live album by Mel Tormé, Gerry Mulligan, and George Shearing, recorded at Carnegie Hall in 1982 and released in 2005.

Shearing and Tormé would go on to make six albums together for Concord Records, this is the only recorded performance of Shearing and Tormé with Gerry Mulligan.

AllMusic Review by Matt Collar:
Classic Concert Live finds baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, pianist George Shearing, and vocalist Mel Tormé performing together with a big band in 1982 at Carnegie Hall. The trio first performed in 1977, but this marks the only recorded document of the group. Generally the tone is light and swinging as befits the cool jazz background of Mulligan and “Velvet Fog” reputation of Tormé. Similarly, Shearing is in fine form with his urbane keyboard style adding dramatic punch throughout the night. Whether performing one of Mulligan’s classic compositions such as “Line for Lyons” or a standard like “What Are You Doing for the Rest of Your Life,” the trio sounds terrific (http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-classic-concert-live-mw0000266149).

Track listing:
“I’ve Heard That Song Before” (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne) – 2:53
“I Sent for You Yesterday and Here You Come Today” (Count Basie, Eddie Durham, Jimmy Rushing) – 4:55
“Jeru” (Gerry Mulligan) – 4:05
Duke Ellington medley: “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”/”Just Squeeze Me (But Please Don’t Tease Me)” (Duke Ellington, Bob Russell)/(Ellington, Lee Gaines) – 5:24
“What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?” (Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Michel Legrand) – 6:20
“Walkin’ Shoes” (Mulligan) – 3:58
“‘Round Midnight” (Cootie Williams, Bernie Hanighen, Thelonious Monk) – 5:56
“Line for Lyons” (Mulligan) – 5:22
Talk – 0:52
“Wave”/”Water to Drink (Agua de Beber)” (Antonio Carlos Jobim)/(Jobim, Vinícius de Moraes, Norman Gimbel) – 6:03
“Blues in the Night” (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) – 11:28
“The Song is Ended (but the Melody Lingers On)” (Irving Berlin) – 3:05
“Oh, Lady Be Good!” (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 4:47

Personnel:
Mel Tormé – vocals
George Shearing – piano, vocals
Gerry Mulligan – baritone saxophone, vocals
Richard DeRosa – drums
Don Thompson – double bass, piano
Frank Luther – double bass
Mitchel Forman – piano
Tom Boras – saxophone
Gary Keller
Mike Milgore
Chuck Wilson
Richard Chamberlain – trombone
Jim Daniels
Dave Glenn
Michael Carubia – trumpet
Laurie Frink
Gary Guzio
Chris Rogers

Released: February 15, 2005
Recorded: June 29, 1982
Length: 38:41
Label: Concord
Producer: Chris Dunn

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