Two more classic albums from the discography of caberet vocalist Bobby Short -- the first was recorded and released on the Atlantic label in 1959, the second was recorded and released on the same label in 1982.
2 LPs on 1 CD: ON THE EAST SIDE (1959)/MOMENTS LIKE THIS (1982).
Personnel: Bobby Short (vocals, piano); Bobby Short; Dorothy Remsen (harp); Assa Drori, John Wittenberg, Ken Yerke, Ronald Folsom, William Hybel, Mari Tsumura-Botnick, Erno Neufeld, Stanley Plummer, Joe Stepansky, Robert Sushel, William Henderson , Arnold Belnick, Nathan Ross, Sheldon Sanov, Harry Bluestone, Endre Granat (violin); Carole Mukogawa, Dan Neufeld, Jerry Epstein, David Schwartz, Rollice Dale, Janet Lakatos (viola); Paula Hochhalter, David H. Speltz, Anne Karam, Douglas Davis (cello); Gene Cipriano (oboe); Gary Coleman (vibraphone); Beverly Peer, Ismael Ugarte, Aaron Bell (double bass); Lou Levy (Fender Rhodes piano); Johnny Cresci, Robert Scott , Kenny Belding (drums).
Liner Note Author: Bobby Short.
Recording information: 03/06/1959-??/??/1982.
This two-fer on Collectables bring together a pair of cabaret ace Bobby Short's Atlantic albums. On the East Side recorded live in 1959 is a dramatic, lively, hard-swingin' set of Short in his prime, recorded with a trio. This is American saloon singing at its finest, full of exaggerated drama, finger-popping and amiable, good natured cheer. Short is so great he can sing Cole Porter's ""You Fascinate Me,"" ""I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter,"" and a Caribbean murder ballad like ""Delia's Gone,"" and make them all the stuff of fantasy. On Moments Like This, recorded in 1982, the mood is romantic and nocturnal, full of strings and breezy rhythms. The standouts here include a medley of the Overstreet and Higgins nugget ""Georgia Blues"" with Hoagy Carmichael's ""Georgia on My Mind,"" as well as No?l Coward's ""Sigh No More,"" and Cy Coleman's awesome ""Sometimes When You're Lonely."" ~ Thom Jurek