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Album Review

Pianist/vocalist Bobby Short pays homage to his home base on Songs of New York. Backed skillfully by guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, drummer Jackie Williams, bassist Frank Tate, cornetist Warren Vache, and reedman Chuck Wilson, this is truly a group project. Recorded live at the Cafe Carlyle, Short and friends run through a passionate and urbane mix of standards, including "Penthouse Serenade," "Autumn in New York," and "Way Out West on West End Avenue." Short's bittersweet crooning has always been one of the biggest proponents of the beauty of Gotham, and this disc makes it official.

Biography

Born: September 15, 1924 in Danville, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Nightclub entertainer Bobby Short performed from the 1930s to the 2000s, primarily singing the songs of the masters of pre-rock popular song, especially Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Noël Coward, and Rodgers & Hart, while accompanying himself on piano. The quintessential cabaret artist, the dapper Short, who often made best-dressed lists, perfectly articulated the lyrics in a husky baritone, delighting his well-heeled customers, particularly at the ritzy Cafe Carlyle of the Carlyle Hotel on the Upper...
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