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Music of Manhattan, 1951


Download links and information about Music of Manhattan, 1951 by Lee Wiley. This album was released in 1998 and it belongs to Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Pop genres. It contains 23 tracks with total duration of 01:06:54 minutes.

Artist: Lee Wiley
Release date: 1998
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Pop
Tracks: 23
Duration: 01:06:54
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No. Title Length
1. Street of Dreams 3:36
2. Oh, Look At Me Now 3:11
3. Elujah 1:49
4. Manhattan 4:38
5. Manhattan 2:58
6. Ghost of a Chance 4:18
7. Sugar 3:02
8. I've Got a Crush On You 3:07
9. Sugar 3:48
10. Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere 2:23
11. Oh, Look At Me Now 3:04
12. Deed I Do 2:26
13. That's for Sure 3:23
14. 'Swonderful 1:42
15. I'Ve Got a Crush On You 2:08
16. Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere 1:26
17. Street of Dreams 2:29
18. Manhattan 2:52
19. Deed I Do 1:48
20. I've Got a Crush On You 3:12
21. I'm Comin' Virginia 4:02
22. Down to Steamboat Tennessee 3:47
23. Baby, Won't You Please Come Home 1:45



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.