Various Artists: Jazz After Dark (2003)
Distributed by Concord Record, Jazz After Dark borrows liberally from the Concord inventory, but not exclusively so. While Monty Alexander, Gene Harris, Karrin Allyson, Stan Getz, and Charlie Byrd all show up in grand style, so do Monk, Miles, Bill Evans, Billie Holiday, and Diana Krall. Thus, the treasures of many quarters are on display in this collection.
The collection is thoughtfully put together with Disc 1 comprised of instrumental jazz and Disc 2 vocal jazz. Further, a romantic, after-hours ambiance is achieved by the careful selection of pieces. There are no real surprises here. Miles plays "My Funny Valentine," Ellington plays "Prelude to a Kiss," and Bill Evans plays "Blue in Green." On the vocal side, Karrin Allyson spins off "How Long Has This Been Going On," Diana Krall slides over "Body and Soul," and Mel Torme fogs the windows with "More than You Know." But taken as a collection, this release achieves what it sets out to achieve – to provide a single release that sets the perfect after hours jazz mood. It is a pleasant diversion from the cutting edge and a collection guaranteed to make the mainstream smile.
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Track Listing: Disc 1: In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning, Monty Alexander; Prelude To A Kiss, Duke Ellington; Everything Happens To Me, Gene Harris; My Funny Valentine, Miles Davis; Why Was I Born, Kenny Burrell And John Coltrane; The Peacocks, Howard Alden; Spring Is Here, Stan Getz; Blue In Green, Bill Evans; Angel Eyes, Scott Hamilton; Corcodova, Charlie Byrd And Ken Peplowski;
Record Label: Playboy Jazz