Various Artists

Café Après-midi: Vert

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With Café Après-midi: Vert, series compiler Toru Hashimoto takes a nod from another fantastic Japanese clearinghouse of rare Now Sound grooves and international flavors, the P-Vine label, rifling through its catalog of reissues and retrospectives to compile a taster's-choice sampler of his own. The end product is a typically eclectic and wonderful addition to the Café Après-midi canon that spans from Brazilian bossa nova to Scandinavian jazz to San Francisco pop -- hell, there's even room for a performance by American television star Cybill Shepherd, who contributes her rendition of "Triste." There's also a focus on standards both old (Aura Urziceanu's "As Time Goes By") and new (Dardanelle's "Just the Way You Are"), as well as contributions from John Pizzarelli ("Haven't We Met"), Meta Roos ("Zazuiera"), and Hugh Brodie ("Since My Baby").