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If I Ruled the World: Songs for the Jet Set (I Don't Need Her)

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Loosely built around a travel theme, 1965's If I Ruled the World: Songs for the Jet Set finds Tony Bennett applying his impeccable tenor to an assortment of sounds and styles. Arranger Don Costa tastefully embellishes the tracks with swooning strings and murmuring saxophones, adding The Will Bronson Singers for vocal backup in key spots. Bennett selects material with an ear for contrasts, embracing the soft pulse of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Song of the Jet,” the after-hours cool of Duke Ellington’s “Love Scene,” and the carefree, brass-accented swing of “Two by Two” with equal mastery. “Watch What Happens” (from the film The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) benefits from his thoughtfully romantic touch, while the ‘20s-era “Sweet Lorraine” is delivered with both verve and wistfulness. Most memorable of all is the title number, sung by Tony with a conviction that makes the lyric’s idealism fully shine. (The CD reissue includes the session outtake “Falling in Love with Love,” served up by Bennett and his trio with low-lit nightclub charm.)

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Fantastic Forgotten Album:

Most people do not give this classic the attention it deserves. Wonderful arrangements, and the whole staff at the time must have enjoyed the making of it. If "I Ruled The World" the undisputed Hit is on many Greatest Hits Collections why buy this gem of a recording. If I had to pick an esoteric recording for a DID this would be one of them. It also includes two from the Rodgers & Sondheim almost forgotten but not collaboration, "Do I Hear A Waltz", the standout being "Two By Two" which was cut from the show. Give it a try you won't be disappointed.

Songs for the Jet Set

I am thrilled to find this on ITunes. I had this album as a young girl and it was my favorite. I've looked everywhere for it. Thank you! It has stood the test of time. Still perfect.

All My Tomorrows from The Jet Set...

On this album , the tune All My Tomorrows may be the most beautiful jazz ballad ever done by anybody with Tony Bennett's impeccable version . enough said...

Biography

Born: August 3, 1926 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Tony Bennett's career has enjoyed three distinct phases, each of them very successful. In the early '50s, he scored a series of major hits that made him one of the most popular recording artists of the time. In the early '60s, he mounted a comeback as more of an adult-album seller. And from the mid-'80s on, he achieved renewed popularity with generations of listeners who hadn't been born when he first appeared. This, however, defines Bennett more in terms of marketing than music. He would probably...
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