Various Artists

Café Après-midi: Tuile

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Toru Hashimoto is the Dr. Frankenstein of compilation CDs: each volume of his superb Café Après-midi series brings together a seemingly disparate batch of vintage bossa nova, soft pop, and cool jazz tunes that against all odds come together to create a seamless, richly atmospheric listening experience. And with each successive entry, Hashimoto seems to dig even deeper into the proverbial crates, discovering a wealth of timeless music that's either slipped through the cracks or just never got the chance to shine in this kind of context. Café Après-midi: Tuile is another fantastically hip set of "Music for Coffeewise Tokyo," a carefully sequenced tour through both familiar classics and forgotten gems of the 1960s and 1970s. Highlights this time out include Chet Baker's "Do It the Hard Way," Shirley Scott's "The Lady Is a Tramp," Cal Tjader's "Fresh Air," Jackie & Roy's "Just a Little Time," and Vince Guaraldi's perennial "Linus and Lucy."