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2:00 AM Paradise Café based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I've been a fan of Barry Manilow for more years that I'd like to admit to. I have most of his recordings; some stronger than others. But 2:00 AM Paradise Cafe defines his talent as a true artist. This is a definite change of pace for him, more of a blues/jazz focus. He floats over the music, evoking a smoke filled cabaret and the table in the corner. The duets are stunningly beautiful. He manages to use all the colors in his pallette to create a vibrant, lasting performance. I wore out the cassette and was thrilled when it was re-released on CD. This, simply, is his best work.
I've followed Barry Manilow's career over the years and must say that this is truly his finest work. He has broken away from the typical over the top ballads he is most known for. On other CD's there have always been one or two tunes with jazz/blues overtones. This however, is the only work devoted to that venue. Through the amazing talent collected for this work, (Sarah Vaughn, Gerry Mulligan, Mel Torme, etc), and the recording of it continuously by the musicians involved, from the title track, Paradise Cafe to the closing number, Night Song, the listener is transported to a Greenwich Village jazz club. You can see the smoke filled room, feel the quiet tapping of your foot to the tunes . . . If you're looking for a relaxing, well written and composed jazz album, give this one a try. It will not disappoint.