Uptown Lounge

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/1999
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724349880924
  • Catalog Number: 98809

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 Jr. 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 Jr. Contributor
Bob Fisher Mastering
Norman Gimbel Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II 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
T. Koeler Composer
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