Various Artists

New York, New York [Stash]

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This fine album was nominated for a Grammy in 1980. The CD reissue adds a 1991 session with monster saxophonist Michael Hashim. Native New Yorkers and New Yorkers at heart will appreciate this well crafted paean to the city that is the capitol of the planet. The common theme of the city is augmented by musicianship of the highest caliber from artists who are New York based. The late Slam Stewart, the phenomenal bassist/singer, is featured on "Manhattan" and "Sidewalks of New York." Dardanelle, whose impeccable phrasing, time, and diction are heard on "New York State of Mind" and on the understated "On Broadway" is the elegantly deft pianist on "Manhattan," "Sidewalks of New York," and the four tracks from the 1991 session. Bucky Pizzarelli's in-the-pocket rhythm and solo guitar work show his renowned skill and poise. Despite some warhorses, there's much good music on this album, both ballads and sweet swing. If you live in New York or treasure the city for what it is, you will want to pick it up and play it on a Sunday afternoon while reading the NY Times. Highly recommended.