Paula Castle – Lost Love (1955/2014) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Paula Castle – Lost Love (1955/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 24:25 minutes | 396 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: PrestoClassical | Booklet, Front Cover | © Bethlehem Records

This is a reissue of a rare 10-inch vinyl LP dating back to 1955, believed to be the only solo recording from the mysterious Paula Castle, a superb vocalist who was compared to Sarah Vaughan. Castle disappeared from the music scene after this release, which remains her legacy.

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Mel Torme with The Marty Paich Orchestra – Mel Torme Swings Shubert Alley (1960/2012) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Mel Torme with The Marty Paich Orchestra – Mel Torme Swings Shubert Alley (1960/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 39:06 minutes | 1,53 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | @ The Verve Music Group

4.5 Stars – Very Good Plus – “..Torme has outdone himself…His voice is warm, rich, and pure, a mature vocal instrument. His perceptive phrasing is sheer delight…This is truly jazz singing..” – Down Beat

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Mel Torme & The Marty Paich Dek-Tette – Mel Torme Sings Fred Astaire (1957/2014) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Mel Torme & The Marty Paich Dek-Tette – Mel Torme Sings Fred Astaire (1957/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 35:05 minutes | 710 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: PrestoClassical | Front Cover | © Bethlehem Records

Mel Tormé reunites with arranger and conductor Marty Paich and his 10-piece ensemble the Dek-tette on this 1956 recordings dedicated to Fred Astaire, Tormé’s favourite singer. Heavy on material from the Gershwins and Irving Berlin, these songs all appeared in Astaire’s films.

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Mel Torme – Mel Torme at the Crescendo (1957/2014) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Mel Torme – Mel Torme at the Crescendo (1957/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 35:58 minutes | 456 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: prestoclassical.co.uk | Front Cover | © Bethlehem Records

A showcase for Mel Tormé at his best, recorded live in front of an audience, the album solidified the young singer’s standing in the jazz world. Released in 1957, this session was recorded at the Crescendo in Los Angeles, arranged by Tormé’s longtime collaborator, pianist/arranger Marty Paich. These familiar standards are taken to another level on this inspired concert album that sees Tormé backed by a small combo.

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Mel Torme – Mel Torme And The Marty Paich Dek-Tette (1956/2014) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Mel Torme – Mel Torme & The Marty Paich Dek-Tette (1956/2014) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 38:28 minutes | 667 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: PrestoClassical | Front Cover | © Bethlehem Records

After flirting with bobby-soxer idolatry early in his career, Mel Tormé teamed up with arranger Marty Paich to explore the full range of his artistic potential. Together they conceived the idea of a 10-piece instrumental backing ensemble they dubbed the “Dek-tette”. On this reissue of 1956’s Bethlehem LP, Tormé is found singing with one of those Dek-tettes. Our featured track is the song that would become a Tormé trademark, “Lulu’s Back in Town”.

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Marilyn Moore – Moody Marilyn Moore (1957/2014) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Marilyn Moore – Moody Marilyn Moore (1957/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 34:56 minutes | 504 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: PrestoClassical | Front Cover | © Bethlehem Records

Marilyn Moore was an American jazz singer during the 1950s. She recorded one solo album, Moody Marilyn Moore. Her vocal style was similar to Billie Holiday’s, and according to jazz critic Will Friedwald, Holiday and Moore were friends. She was the first wife of saxophonist Al Cohn and the mother of guitarist Joe Cohn.

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Frances Faye – Relaxin’ With Frances Faye (1956/2014) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Frances Faye – Relaxin’ With Frances Faye (1956/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 30:32 minutes | 368 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: PrestoClassical | Front Cover | © Bethlehem Records

An early session, released by Bethlehem in 1956, from a jazz vocalist. Frances Faye work with terrific musicians, some working without credit due to contractual problems, such as Maynard Ferguson, Herbie Mann and conductor/arranger Russ Garcia.

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Bobby Troup – The Songs Of Bobby Troup (1955/2013) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Bobby Troup – The Songs Of Bobby Troup (1955/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 24:39 minutes | 521 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: PrestoClassical | Booklet, Front Cover | © Bethlehem Records

Pianist Bobby Troup’s 1955 session The Songs Of Bobby Troup showcases his smooth vocals and the talents of his band: valve trombonist Bob Enevoldsen, guitarist Howard Roberts, bassist Red Mitchell and drummer Don Heath. The album includes an assortment of rarities kicking off with the happy-go-lucky Cuckoo In The Clock, in addition to beautiful instrumental arrangements of Laura and Jeepers Creepers.

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Tommy Watt and His Orchestra – Watt’s Cooking (1959/2014) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Tommy Watt and His Orchestra – Watt’s Cooking (1959/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 36:32 minutes | 719 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: PrestoClassical | Front Cover | © Bethlehem Records

Scottish jazz bandleader and pianist Tommy Watt and his big band present this concept album released in 1959 on which all the songs have to do with food. This is Watt’s second US album and features Tubby Hayes, a renowned British multi-instrumentalist best-known for his tenor saxophone playing.

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The Herbie Mann & Sam Most Quintet – The Mann With The Most (1956/2014) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

The Herbie Mann & Sam Most Quintet – The Mann With The Most (1956/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 40:05 minutes | 876 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: PrestoClassical | Front Cover | © Bethlehem Records

1956 album of eleven genial, high-spirited tracks featuring Mann and Most trading bright, up-tempo, virtually saxophonic flute solos. They work over an energetic backdrop provided by guitarist Joe Puma, bassist Jimmy Gannon, and drummer Lee Kleinman. Most of the tracks are brisk and cheerful, although a few tastefully spare ballads (“Love Letters”) are also included.

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