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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, John Eyles, Robert Gibson, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke, Jack Ashby


Bobby Short

and his orchestra

Celebrating 30 years at the

Café Carlisle





  1. I Like the Likes of You / I've Got My Eyes on You / From This Moment On.
  2. You've Got That Thing
  3. The Carioca
  4. Guess Who's in Town
  5. Moten Swing / You're Driving Me Crazy
  6. How's Your Romance
  7. At Long Last Love
  8. I Can't Get Started
  9. Hooray for Love
  10. Body & Soul
  11. Just One of Those Things
  12. Romance in the Dark
  13. On the Street of Dreams
  14. Picture Me without You

Bobby Short - Vocals, Piano
Jay Brandford - Alto Sax, Clarinet
Loren Schoenberg - Tenor Sax, Clarinet
Scott Robinson - Baritone Sax, Bass Clarinet
John Eckert, Virgil Jones, Daryl Shaw - Trumpets
Eddie Bert, Bobby Pring - Trombones
Frank Tate - Bass
Klaus Suonsaari - Drums
Recorded in NYC in August 1997

Bobby short has made a business out of being in a time warp, his greatest speciality is the Cole Porter song book, but anything from that era is his kind of music. He is a very accomplished pianist, with a definitive singing style, not entirely to my taste, but I have great respect for his musical selection and presentation and the musicians he uses on this record are superb. There are not many instrumental soloists, but those that are heard are well up to the challenge. The ensemble playing is crisp accurate and the tuning very precise. Bandmaster Loren Schoenberg, has a done a very good job here, including some of the arrangements.

I always enjoy hearing the verses that the composers wrote for these songs, Cole Porter's verse for Just One of those Things, is a gem as is the verse for Body & Soul, which I have never before.

I don't know if the Café Carlyle is still in existence in Manhattan, but as I have a son who lives near to New York, I am going to find out on my next visit, sounds like my kind of place!

Don Mather




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