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Uploaded on Mar 15, 2011
A smashing, hard-swinging big band cover of Stephen Sondheim's tortured love lament from 'A Little Night Music,' this killer Christopher Gunning arrangement was the first track on the B-side of 1977's Mel's 'Tormé: A New Album' (usually released now as 'The London Sessions') and features a playfully elastic solo by Phil Woods on alto sax.
Mel hadn't released a studio album since 1969, and recorded this one in London during a bitter divorce, which surely added some fuel to his blithely sardonic reading of this and his heartwrenching take on the opening track, Stevie Wonder's "All in Love is Fair." He also tackles other pop tunes of the day like "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" and "New York State of Mind"--it's one of his finest albums.