Various Artists

Bar Jazz [Universal Japan]

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What constitutes "Bar Jazz" is anyone's guess...perhaps it's the smoky, lounge lizard, romantic stuff that people associate with after 10 p.m. This sampler of 18 tracks is all over the map, with some fine singing from Billie Holiday, Mel Tormé and Anita O'Day, one contemporary cut from Freddy Cole, and another from the out-of-league Ruth Cameron. There's some fine playing from Kenny Burrell, Gerry Mulligan,or Oscar Peterson, and a stellar "'Round Midnight" from Stan Getz. Also out of place are the selections from faux-jazzmen Walter Wanderley and Xavier Cugat. From standards and ballads, swing to some bop and Brazilian sounds, this might have been what a dusky nightclub might have felt like, perhaps the Copacabana, during the '50s and '60s. It has little relevance to today, and is nothing more than a nostalgia trip

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