Various Artists

Playboy Jazz After Dark

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Playboy Jazz After Dark features soft, "afterglow"-style jazz perfect for setting the, er, mood...ahem. Featured throughout this two-disc set are classic recordings from such jazz luminaries as Billie Holiday, Stan Getz, and Thelonious Monk. However, kudos should go to the people at Playboy for -- among many other things -- featuring lesser-known tracks from the past as well as the present, including Karrin Allyson's smoky take on "How Long Has This Been Going On?" as well as Carmen McRae's idyllic "I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You." This is the rare example of a jazz collection that appeals to devoted collectors and recent converts alike.

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