Music of Manhattan, 1951

Music of Manhattan, 1951

by Lee Wiley


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Lee Wiley was a mysterious, enigmatic figure; a subtle singer, she was both introverted and sensual. Although Wiley mostly stuck reasonably close to the melodies she sang (and never scatted), her phrasing uplifted each of the standards that she interpreted, and she improvised just enough to be considered a jazz singer. This particular CD contains mostly live and rare material dating from 1951-1952. At the time, after a few years off records, Wiley was having a slight comeback with her Columbia LP Night in Manhattan. There are 23 titles on this CD, taken from nine different occasions; some of the songs are repeated ("Manhattan" and "I've Got a Crush on You" pop up three times apiece) but one's interest is held throughout. Highlights include "Oh, Look at Me Now," "Ghost of a Chance," and two versions apiece of "Sugar" and "Street of Dreams." Among the key sidemen in the small group sessions (one song has the Ray Bloch Orchestra) are pianist Joe Buskin, trumpeter Billy Butterfield, cornetist Muggsy Spanier (in top form), trumpeter Buck Clayton, and a Dixieland band that includes trumpeter Henry "Red" Allen. Although not as essential as her earlier songbooks, which are available on the Audiophile label, this collection of former rarities (some of the titles were previously out on the Memories Lightest, Yadeon, or Jass labels, but seven had never been issued before) is highly recommended to Lee Wiley fans, particularly since the singer did not record that much later in her career. The liner notes by Will Friedwald are an additional plus, containing interesting anecdotes by some of Wiley's famous friends.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/04/2000
Label: Uptown Jazz
UPC: 0026198274627
catalogNumber: 2746
Rank: 148197

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lee Wiley   Primary Artist,Vocals
Buck Clayton   Trumpet
Jo Jones   Drums
Muggsy Spanier   Cornet
Joe Bushkin   Piano
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Barrett Deems   Drums
George Wein   Piano
George Wettling   Drums
Dave Bowman   Piano
Milt Hinton   Bass
Jerry Winner   Clarinet
Howie Anderson   Piano
Morty Stuhlmaker   Bass
John Green Field   Bass

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Bing Crosby   Composer
Lee Wiley   Composer
Lester Young   Composer
Joe Bushkin   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Donald Heywood   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Jess Stacy   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
David A. Sunenblick   Producer
Robert E. Sunenblick   Producer
John DeVries   Composer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Clifford Grey   Composer
Walter Hirsch   Composer
Sidney Mitchell   Composer
William Cooke   Composer

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