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New York in Words and Music
1. My Kind of Town - Frankie Randall
2. New York City Blues - Peggy Lee
3. Brooklyn Bridge, The - Frank Sinatra
4. Uptown Blues - George Williams Orchestra
5. Autumn in New York - Billie Holiday
6. There's a Boat Dats Leavin Soon for New York - Louis Armstrong
7. Penthouse Serenade - Nat King Cole
8. Sidewalks of New York - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
9. Manhattan - Lee Wiley
10. Sax Fifth Avenue - Plas Johnson
11. Big City - Ernie Andrews
12. Penthouse Serenade
13. Lullaby of Birdland - Mel Torm
14. 7th Avenue Express - Nat Pierce Orchestra
15. Take the a Train - Morgana King
16. Harlem Nocturne - Illinois Jacquet
17. Stompin at the Savoy - Maxine Sullivan
18. Forty Second Street - Boswell Sisters
19. Broadway - Count Basie Orchestra
20. Lullaby of Broadway - Doris Day
21. Autumn in New York - Frank Sinatra
22. Rhapsody in Blue - Neal Hefti Orchestra
23. I Happen to Like New York - Ralph Burns Orchestra
24. New York New York - Frank Sinatra
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 3501
New York City has inspired more good songs than perhaps any other city in the world (what's the competition, Paris? London? Vienna?), and a ton of great recordings of those songs. That's the raison d'tre behind this multi-artist compilation, 74 minutes of great music hooked around the city and its various aspects. It comes with a booklet that includes lyrics but no annotation, but none is needed. There are too many highlights to enumerate, and some of them -- like Billie Holiday's "Autumn in New York" or Lee Wiley's version of "Manhattan" -- need no comment or explanation. Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Frankie Randall, Lee Wiley, Mel Torm, Morgana King, and the Boswell Sisters are among the singers represented, while big bands led by the likes of Duke Ellington, Neal Hefti, Nat Pierce, and Louis Armstrong (whose "There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon for New York" is almost worth the price of admission by itself) and a few renowned soloists such as Illinois Jacquet, Plas Johnson, and Nat King Cole all get to show what they can do in various pop, blues, and jazz tributes to the city. As a pleasant surprise, the programmers skipped any of Ellington's various renditions of "Take the 'A' Train" in favor of "Sidewalks of New York," while the Billy Strayhorn classic is represented by Morgana King's recording. One does sort of wish there were information on some of the big-band tracks indicating who the specific soloists were, but otherwise this is a totally delightful collection. The sound is state of the art and the overall effect of the collection is spellbinding and hypnotic at various points, and seductive throughout, even as it makes its way to the logical finale, the rendition of "New York, New York" by Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, and Jules Munshin from the movie On the Town. ~ Bruce Eder
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