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James Torme / Press

“After years of under-attended gigs at the old Bull’s Head it’s cheering to see the new jazz room there packed with people on a Saturday night. I’m not exaggerating, either — it’s standing room only for singer James Tormé. Inheritor of one of the most famous names in the business, James immediately proceeds to demonstrate there’s no nepotism involved in his presence tonight as he launches straight into "Almost Like Being in Love" with perfect swing and absolute control. A great voice, and very powerful. I’d say something here about iron fists in velvet gloves if I hadn’t voluntarily embargoed the word ‘velvet’ for the duration of this review... But the towering enormity of James Tormé’s voice, and his immaculate timing, is really evident on "On The Street Where You Live." It’s a rich, rhapsodic voice with vast reserves of power — I might mention a foghorn here, if I hadn’t vowed to abstain from using the word ‘fog’.”

“Tormé also showed his talent for singing the blues when he brought down the house with his version of “Drowning in My Own Tears,” written by Harry Glover and released as a single by Ray Charles in 1956. Recently, Tormé enjoyed a sold out U.K. tour and while in London he performed with the BBC orchestra in a Radio 2 concert tribute to Ray Charles which was heard by 13 million listeners. It was clear when Tormé sang Cole Porter's “Love for Sale,” which is the title track on his 201l début album, that the apple did not fall far from the tree in terms of his ability to connect with the audience, but at the same time he also showed an charisma and stage presence that is his very own.”