Uptown Lounge

Uptown Lounge

     
 
One of the most surprising trends of the 1990s was the return of cocktail lounge culture. Cigars and martinis made a comeback, and post-Baby Boomers were getting into classic Dean Martin recordings that were made before they were even born. Quite a few lounge-oriented compilations came out in the 1990s; the thing that sets Uptown Lounge

Overview

One of the most surprising trends of the 1990s was the return of cocktail lounge culture. Cigars and martinis made a comeback, and post-Baby Boomers were getting into classic Dean Martin recordings that were made before they were even born. Quite a few lounge-oriented compilations came out in the 1990s; the thing that sets Uptown Lounge apart from many of the others is the fact that it focuses entirely on African-American lounge culture. With its emphasis on jazz singing and jazz-influenced pop, Uptown Lounge gives the listener a good idea what he/she would have heard in a Black cocktail lounge in the 1940s, 1950s or early 1960s. This collection isn't the last word on the subject -- how could it be without King Pleasure doing "Moody's Mood for Love?" But quite a few big names are included, and the listener is treated to everything from the straight-ahead jazz singing of Sarah Vaughan ("You Stepped Out of a Dream") and Joe Williams ("Confessin' the Blues") to jazz-influenced pop vocals by Nat "King" Cole ("Walking My Baby Back Home"), Lena Horne ("Stormy Weather") and Esther Phillips ("The Girl from Ipanema"). Bobby Short's classic version of "Manhattan" finds the CD detouring into cabaret, and traces of doowop make their way to Dinah Washington's remake of "Unforgettable." The thing that's frustrating about this CD and brings its rating down is The Right Stuff's failure to provide recording dates--what was the label thinking? The Right Stuff should have known better.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/1999
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724349880924
catalogNumber:
98809

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nina Simone   Track Performer
Nancy Wilson   Track Performer
Lou Rawls   Track Performer
Billy Eckstine   Track Performer
Lena Horne   Track Performer
Gloria Lynne   Track Performer
Esther Phillips   Track Performer
Arthur Prysock   Track Performer
Bobby Short   Track Performer
Dakota Staton   Track Performer
Dinah Washington   Track Performer
Joe Williams   Track Performer
Della Reese   Track Performer
Louis Armstrong   Track Performer
Nat King Cole   Track Performer
Sammy Davis   Track Performer
Carmen McRae   Vocals,Track Performer
Sarah Vaughan   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Nina Simone   Contributor
Nancy Wilson   Contributor
Lou Rawls   Contributor
Vinícius de Moraes   Composer
Billy Eckstine   Contributor
Lena Horne   Contributor
Gloria Lynne   Contributor
Jay McShann   Composer
Esther Phillips   Contributor
Arthur Prysock   Contributor
Bobby Short   Contributor
Dakota Staton   Contributor
Dinah Washington   Contributor
Joe Williams   Contributor
Ray Noble   Composer
Della Reese   Contributor
Walter Brown   Composer
Louis Armstrong   Contributor
Nat King Cole   Contributor
Sammy Davis   Contributor
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Bert Kalmar   Composer
Charles Levan   Producer
Harry Ruby   Composer
Sarah Vaughan   Contributor
Richard Torres   Liner Notes
Tom Cartwright   Producer,Executive Producer
David Nathan   Producer
Kirsten Kupper   Producer
Bernadette Fauver   Producer
Kevin Flaherty   Producer
Adam Varon   Producer
Teddy "Cherokee" Conyers   Composer
Lisa Reddick   Producer
Irving Gordon   Composer
Tammy Kizer   Producer
Lloyd Pemberton   Composer

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