17 Songs, 1 Hour, 2 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The premise is simple: Great vocal talents trade verses with a true master on his home turf to see who wins. In the end, everyone does, as Tony Bennett and his swinging orchestra prove to be welcoming hosts, drawing coy warmth from Amy Winehouse (“Body and Soul”) and delicacy from Mariah Carey (“When Do the Bells Ring for Me”). He also caused such a flurry of palpable sparks with Lady Gaga (“The Lady Is a Tramp”) that the two went off to record another album together.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The premise is simple: Great vocal talents trade verses with a true master on his home turf to see who wins. In the end, everyone does, as Tony Bennett and his swinging orchestra prove to be welcoming hosts, drawing coy warmth from Amy Winehouse (“Body and Soul”) and delicacy from Mariah Carey (“When Do the Bells Ring for Me”). He also caused such a flurry of palpable sparks with Lady Gaga (“The Lady Is a Tramp”) that the two went off to record another album together.

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About Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett cut his teeth singing in front of the toughest of audiences as a teenage army-band performer entertaining hardened troops stationed in Europe during World War II. Ever since, he’s carried the determination and gusto he learned back then through an epic career as America’s consummate crooner. During his initial star-making streak in the ’50s and ’60s, the New York City–born Bennett displayed both a pop singer’s flair for spotlight-seizing spectacle (listen to that soaring, curtain-closing vocal flourish on “(I Left My Heart) In San Francisco”) and a muso’s ear for jazzy improvisation (which blossomed on his supremely swinging albums with Count Basie). Bennett is always in crowd-pleasing mode—you can practically see his smile as he sashays through the big-band orchestration of “The Best Is Yet to Come.” But the natural grit in his voice can also imbue a ballad like Hank Williams’ “Cold, Cold Heart” with palpable melancholy and regret (the singer’s more artistic impulses have been channeled into a parallel career as a painter of impressionistic portraits and landscapes). Always faithful to the standards, Bennett’s staunch refusal to conform to trends has made him an unlikely hero to alternative rockers and modern pop firebrands alike, with latter-day duet partners like Elvis Costello and Lady Gaga lining up to bask in the eternal charisma that Bennett has always exuded so effortlessly.

  • ORIGIN
    New York, NY
  • GENRE
    Jazz
  • BORN
    August 03, 1926

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