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Basie Swings, Bennett Sings
     

Basie Swings, Bennett Sings

by Tony Bennett
 
The Roulette half of the two Bennett/Basie sessions is a band singer's paradise, with the Basie band caught at a robust and swinging peak and Bennett never sounding happier or looser in front of a microphone. The Count himself, alas, appears on piano only on two numbers ("Life Is a Song" and "Jeepers Creepers"), while Bennett's perennial pianist See more details below

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The Roulette half of the two Bennett/Basie sessions is a band singer's paradise, with the Basie band caught at a robust and swinging peak and Bennett never sounding happier or looser in front of a microphone. The Count himself, alas, appears on piano only on two numbers ("Life Is a Song" and "Jeepers Creepers"), while Bennett's perennial pianist Ralph Sharon takes over on the remaining ten tracks and does all the charts. Yet Sharon writes idiomatically for the Count's style, whether on frantic rave-ups like "With Plenty of Money and You" and "Strike Up the Band" or relaxed swingers like "Chicago." Though not a jazz singer per se, the flavor of jazz is everywhere in Bennett's voice, which in those days soared like a trumpet. The 1990 CD included an atmospheric unissued Neal Hefti ballad "After Supper," but even this bonus track does little to extend the skimpy playing time (about 31 minutes) of what is still a great, desirable snapshot from American showbiz of the late 1950s.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/10/1990
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0077779389926
catalogNumber:
93899

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony Bennett   Primary Artist,Vocals,Track Performer
Count Basie   Piano,Track Performer
Freddie Green   Guitar
Grey   Trombone
Thad Jones   Trumpet
Billy Mitchell   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Marshall Royal   Saxophone
Ralph Sharon   Piano
Ed Jones   Bass
Henry Coker   Trombone
Wendell Culley   Trumpet
Frank Foster   Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes   Saxophone
Sonny Payne   Drums
Benny Powell   Trombone
Frank Wess   Saxophone
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Eddie Jones   Bass

Technical Credits

Neal Hefti   Composer
Ralph Sharon   Arranger
Sammy Fain   Composer
Tristan Powell   Remixing
Teddy Reig   Producer
Jack Yellen   Composer
Barry Ulanov   Liner Notes,Text

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