Celebrating 30 Years at the Cafe Carlyle

Celebrating 30 Years at the Cafe Carlyle

by Bobby ShortBobby Short


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From its title, one might reasonably suppose that Celebrating 30 Years at the Cafe Carlyle is either a live album or a compilation; it is neither. Instead, it finds 72-year-old singer/pianist Bobby Short, who began appearing at the Cafe Carlyle in Manhattan's Carlyle Hotel in 1968 and has continued ever since, fronting a sort of small big band (three reeds, five brass, plus the rhythm section of himself, bassist Frank Tate, and drummer Klaus Suonsaari) in a recording studio in August 1997. Maybe it's the track list, along with the anniversary, that justifies the title: Short has recorded most of these songs before, some of them dating back to his earliest LPs of the mid-1950s. Of course, as compositions, they date back even further than that; Short is a master at turning old Tin Pan Alley songs and show tunes of the 1920s, '30s, and '40s into nightclub material. Usually, he plays those songs with only the rhythm section, so the addition of the band makes these performances special. But, as Cafe Carlyle patrons over the years have noted, Short's always husky voice has deteriorated, and considerable gravel is audible in his singing here, which tends to make the earlier recordings of these songs superior. (Short has never been, and has never billed himself as, a jazz musician. But Telarc released this album on its jazz imprint, and the instrumental medley of "Moten Swing" and "You're Driving Me Crazy" features some improvisation. And, of course, by the 1990s, traditional-pop singers were routinely reaching Billboard's traditional jazz chart, as Short did with this album.)

Product Details

Release Date: 01/27/1998
Label: Telarc
UPC: 0089408342820
catalogNumber: 83428
Rank: 70808

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby Short   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Eddie Bert   Trombone
Loren Schoenberg   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Scott Robinson   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Klaus Suonsaari   Drums
Jay Brandford   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
John Eckert   Trumpet
Virgil Jones   Trumpet
Bobby Pring   Trombone
Daryl Shaw   Trumpet
Frank Tate   Bass,Upright Bass

Technical Credits

Loren Schoenberg   Arranger,Orchestration
Bobby Short   Arranger,Orchestration
Michael Bishop   Engineer
Dick Hazard   Orchestration
Frank Owens   Orchestration
John Snyder   Producer
Robert Woods   Executive Producer
Torrie Zito   Orchestration
Anilda Carrasquillo   Director,Art Direction,Cover Design
Robert Risko   Artwork

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