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Bar Jazz: Jazz Club

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Bar Jazz: Jazz Club Review

by Jason Ankeny

When it's quarter to three and there's no one in the place except you and me, drop another nickel in the machine and play some tracks from Bar Jazz, another smartly compiled entry in Verve's budget-priced Jazz Club series. This 18-track collection of standards, ballads, and novelties celebrates the fine art of boozing, capturing in richly atmospheric detail the smoke, sex, and sorrow so pungent in corner bars and cosmopolitan nightclubs the world over. Toast to highlights including Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Captain Bacardi," the Three Sounds' "After Hours," and Shirley Scott's "Dreamsville."

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