The Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Album (Bonus Track Version)
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After long rebuffing record label pleas to record material more in tune with the rock-pop fashions of the day, Tony Bennett found himself without a recording contract in the '70s. It was a development that only focused the singer more intently on his craft in general — and his life-long love of jazz, in particular — leading directly to this brilliant 1975 collaboration with the singular talents of pianist Bill Evans. The spare, European classicism that made the pianist's work so intriguing gently coaxes Bennett into some of his most introspective, refined, yet undeniably dramatic performances on "Some Other Time" and "The Days of Wine and Roses." Their interplay on "Young and Foolish," "My Foolish Heart" and "But Beautiful" are gorgeous reminders of the almost telepathic bond that can develop between musicians working at the peak of their powers in supportive creative environs. Now including five insightful, previously unreleased alternate takes, it's an album whose influence still seems to waft through Bennett's performances with the Ralph Sharon trio decades later.
When all is said and done and when his career is brought into full context, we'll look back at this album and realize that it is easily the greatest work of two of the greatest artists in jazz history. The bond between these two artists is almost as if these two men were born to play with each other. Evans' economy as a piano player is his trademark and Bennett's lush vocals are his. Neither tries to outdo the other. Bennett's vocals do not overwhelm Evans; and Evans' playing which could be quite threataning and even scary does not drown Bennett. These are two men who are at the top of their game making great music that speaks to the heart and soul with such imidiacy that you'll never be able imagine your music collection without it. Choice track here is easily "Some Other Time". Never have I heard something with such melencholy and such power that could stop you dead in your tracks save for the Concept albums of Frank Sinatra from two decades before during his tenure at Capitol and Reprise Records. But that's asides the point. Buy this.
This album is a masterpiece. Two great artists meet at a time when their careers had hit a hard road.....all of it recorded over the span of just a few days....I hope you will listen to it.....You wouldn't change a note.
Best $4 I EVER spent!
I bought the 9-track Fantasy release back in about '94 for $4 on clearance. What a find! Simply gorgeous.... like a huge snowstorm. This is the first collaboration, and still some their best work - individually or together. All the tracks are gems, my favorites being "Some Other Time," "When In Rome," and "But Beautiful." Both Evans and Bennett get their chances to shine, and neither overpower the other. If you like old-school piano jazz or aren't familiar with either artist, this is a great album!
Born: August 3, 1926 in New York, NY
Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s
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