Playin' with My Friends: Bennett Sings the Blues

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
The blues is not the first genre that you’d associate with singer Tony Bennett. But this stalwart exemplar of American pop vocalizing has an uncanny ability to adjust to virtually any kind of mainstream material, and he does so with aplomb on this surprisingly winning project. Not only a journey into unexplored territory, Playin' with My Friends is also a duets album, and big names have come out for it -- including B. B. King, Diana Krall, Stevie Wonder, k. d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, Billy Joel, and Sheryl Crow, all of whom sound like they’re having quite a time singing with the main man. The material isn’t strictly blues per se, although such classics as “Everyday I Have ...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
The blues is not the first genre that you’d associate with singer Tony Bennett. But this stalwart exemplar of American pop vocalizing has an uncanny ability to adjust to virtually any kind of mainstream material, and he does so with aplomb on this surprisingly winning project. Not only a journey into unexplored territory, Playin' with My Friends is also a duets album, and big names have come out for it -- including B. B. King, Diana Krall, Stevie Wonder, k. d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, Billy Joel, and Sheryl Crow, all of whom sound like they’re having quite a time singing with the main man. The material isn’t strictly blues per se, although such classics as “Everyday I Have the Blues,” and “Well Alright, OK You Win,” and “Let the Good Times Roll” receive rousing treatments. Ballads like “Stormy Weather,” “Good Morning Heartache,” “Blues in the Night,” and “New York State of Mind” also allow Bennett to graze in more familiar terrain.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2001
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886977393525
  • Catalog Number: 773935
  • Sales rank: 18,918

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Alright, Okay, You Win - Diana Krall (3:31)
  2. 2 Everyday (I Have the Blues) - Stevie Wonder (3:38)
  3. 3 Don't Cry Baby (2:43)
  4. 4 Good Morning, Heartache - Sheryl Crow (4:56)
  5. 5 Let the Good Times Roll - B.B. King (3:14)
  6. 6 Evenin' (4:14)
  7. 7 I Gotta Right To Sing the Blues (3:55)
  8. 8 Keep the Faith, Baby - k.d. lang (3:51)
  9. 9 Old Count Basie is Gone (Old Piney Brown is Gone) (3:24)
  10. 10 Blue and Sentimental (3:20)
  11. 11 New York State of Mind (4:30)
  12. 12 Undecided Blues (3:17)
  13. 13 Blues In the Night (3:33)
  14. 14 Stormy Weather (4:34)
  15. 15 Playin' With My Friends (4:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tony Bennett Primary Artist
Ralph Sharon Piano
Harry Allen Saxophone
Clayton Cameron Drums
Paul Langosch Bass
Mike Melvoin Hammond B3
Gray Sargent Guitar
Technical Credits
Robert Cray Composer
Big Joe Turner Composer
Billy Joel Composer
Count Basie Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Danny Bennett Executive Producer, Management
Peter Chatman Composer
Luchi de Jesus Composer
Ervin Drake Composer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Jimmy Johnson Composer
Jerry Livingston Composer
Rob Mathes Vocal Arrangements
Johnny Mercer Composer
Joel Moss Engineer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Phil Ramone Producer
Dennis Walker Composer
Tom Young Engineer, Monitors
Arnold Levine Art Direction
Josh Cheuse Art Direction
Mark Seliger Cover Photo
Steve Genewick Engineer
Ted Koehler Composer
Dan Fisher Composer
Irene Higginbotham Composer
Fleecie Moore Composer
Sidney Wyche Composer
Mack David Composer
Sam Theard Composer
Saul Bernie Composer
Stella Unger Composer
Mayme Watts Composer
Jaime Duncan Engineer
Claudius Mittendorfer Engineer
Lila Lerner Composer
Harry White Composer
Charlie Paakkari Engineer
James Rushing Composer
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