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Album Review

It's always unfair when someone dismisses an artist altogether because of one corny tune he did. In the case of Jack Jones, there are those who denounce him as a cheesy Vegas lounge act because he provided the theme from the silly prime-time TV program The Love Boat. But to condemn Jones' entire career because of something cheesy he once stooped to recording is ridiculous. The singer is certainly quite capable of depth, as he demonstrates on this inspired tribute to one of his main influences, Tony Bennett. Definitely one of the best things he's ever done, the excellent CD finds Jones putting his own stamp on "Skylark," "I Left My Heart In San Francisco," "The Shadow of Your Smile" and other songs associated with Bennett. Jones' admiration for the pop icon is obvious, but he's wise enough to let his own personality come through. Although Jones is a pop vocalist rather than a jazz vocalist, he uses the influence of jazz to his creative advantage and employs an intimate trio of jazzmen that includes pianist/arranger Mike Renzi, bassist Craig Nelson and drummer Jimmy Blakemore. True to form, Renzi's arrangements are tasteful and sophisticated. Forget about the theme from The Love Boat; A Tribute to Tony Bennett is what Jones should be known for.

Customer Reviews

Jack Jones best singer in the world

Mr. Jones sounds fantastic on this release. He is even better live! All My Tomorrows is beautiful.

Mr. Jones Brings The Chill

This may be the chillest album I own. It's perfect for relaxing with a martini. His version of "The Good Life" is very strong, as is his rendition of "Rags to Riches." Highly recommended for those who like piano vocal jazz on the ultra-chill side. My only complaint would be that sometimes Jones' voice can be inconsistent when he stretches notes. The piano work on display here is first-rate.

In A Mellow Mood

Peggy Lee, towards the end of her career and life did a couple of sets for Chesky Records. When I first heard them I thought "what the hell is happening to her?" She seemd very slow, very "slightly off key" and a little more strained at the highs. Now I am at the ripe middle age of 64 and know what it was I was hearing...maturity!
In this collection of Bennett standards I hear maturity, and like that sampling of Lee's, a certain aging like fine wine. He has still got my vote for one of the three best singers I had the pleasure to live to know and hear. Sinatra, Bennett and Jones. I almost wish that Jones had been asked, by Sinatra, to do a "Duet" number with him, because while many was the choices Sinatra had..he missed what may have been his best bet..a duet with jack Jones!
My only reason for not giving this a 5 star was the somewhat slower-than-I-like "Skylark" and
the repeat offense in "The Shadow of Your Smile."
I bought it anyway..I am not a fool!

Biography

Born: January 14, 1938 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Pop

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

A two-time Grammy winner in the early '60s, Jack Jones has made a fine living since, blending vocal standards from traditional pop with swinging renditions of contemporary pop and rock hits. Born in Los Angeles in 1938, Jones was the son of the romantic lead actor and recording artist Allan Jones (who had a hit with "The Donkey Serenade") and actress Irene Hervey. He began studying the vocal arts in high school, and after graduation joined his father's successful...
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