Reader's Digest Music: I'll Take Manhattan - Late Night Jazz
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The city that never sleeps . . .
I lived and worked in Manhattan for many years, then retired and moved away. Once you've spent time there, it's in your bones forever. For those that haven't lived there, it's a concept, a fantasy, a place of great possibilities and great loss -- especially at night. This playlist captures much of its soul and aura. The recordings are mostly very good. A few might lack production values, like Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child" recorded live (in some night club?) with all the sibilant hissing "s's," but they more than make up for it in feeling. Very nice selection of songs too. The several piano tracks really work. Dial up this one on your iPod late some night with a glass of good single malt and you'll be soon be making plans to move to Manhattan and make those possibilities a reality.