The Complete Improv Recordings

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
For those new to the music of Tony Bennett, Improv was a label started by Tony Bennett and businessman Bill Hassett. Bennett was fed up with the suits at Columbia Records, who were trying to make him sing rock & roll. When his contract expired at the beginning of the 1970s, he and Hassett formed a label to help him realize his aesthetic ambitions, and Improv was born. Bennett recorded five albums for the label between 1975 and 1977 before it went bankrupt. These recordings may not have sold well -- due largely to distribution problems -- but all of them were critically acclaimed. On these sides, Bennett is in awesome company throughout, with talent ranging from Bill ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
For those new to the music of Tony Bennett, Improv was a label started by Tony Bennett and businessman Bill Hassett. Bennett was fed up with the suits at Columbia Records, who were trying to make him sing rock & roll. When his contract expired at the beginning of the 1970s, he and Hassett formed a label to help him realize his aesthetic ambitions, and Improv was born. Bennett recorded five albums for the label between 1975 and 1977 before it went bankrupt. These recordings may not have sold well -- due largely to distribution problems -- but all of them were critically acclaimed. On these sides, Bennett is in awesome company throughout, with talent ranging from Bill Evans and Earl Hines to Ruby Braff to Marian McPartland to Buddy Tate and Charlie Byrd. The albums included here are Tony Bennett Sings 10 Rodgers and Hart Songs, Tony Bennett Sings More Great Rodgers & Hart, Tony Bennett and Bill Evans Together Again this was the follow-up to the Fantasy set entitled The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album and is easily the better of the two, Life Is Beautiful, and Tony Bennett With the McPartlands and Friends Make Magnificent Music. While the original albums have been issued on CD before, complete sessions have never been available until now. Along with the original LPs are unissued alternate takes, 45s, and even an unreleased tune finished for a particular session but never used. In addition, the album with the McPartlands is here on compact disc for the first time. It should also be noted that this box finally completes the two different Tony Bennett and Bill Evans Together Again CD issues that were released on Rhino and Concord with different material. Collectors will find the box irresistible as much for its fine, if simple, presentation as for the material itself. The liner essay by jazz writer Will Friewald is not only informative about the period and the label, but is exhaustive in its discussion of the recording sessions. This is a reasonably priced multi-disc collection that offers an intimate, up-close view of a restlessly original artist during the biggest gamble of his professional career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/2004
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431225522
  • Catalog Number: 42255
  • Sales rank: 175,380

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Life Is Beautiful (2:26)
  2. 2 All Mine (2:55)
  3. 3 Bridges (Travessia) (3:37)
  4. 4 Reflections (3:35)
  5. 5 Experiment (1:48)
  6. 6 This Funny World (2:47)
  7. 7 As Time Goes By (3:14)
  8. 8 I Used to Be Color Blind (2:22)
  9. 9 Lost in the Stars (4:06)
  10. 10 There'll Be Some Changes Made (3:04)
  11. 11 Cole Porter Medley: What Is This Thing Called Love/Love for Sale/You'd (13:54)
  12. 12 There's Always Tomorrow (2:15)
  13. 13 One (2:23)
  14. 14 Mr. Magic (2:53)
Disc 2
  1. 1 This Can't Be Love (1:41)
  2. 2 Blue Moon (2:13)
  3. 3 The Lady Is a Tramp (2:29)
  4. 4 Lover (3:50)
  5. 5 Manhattan (3:19)
  6. 6 Spring Is Here (2:45)
  7. 7 Have You Met Miss Jones? (3:22)
  8. 8 Isn't It Romantic? (3:24)
  9. 9 Wait Till You See Her (1:28)
  10. 10 I Could Write a Book (3:12)
  11. 11 Thou Swell (2:14)
  12. 12 The Most Beautiful Girl in the World (3:48)
  13. 13 There's a Small Hotel (3:03)
  14. 14 I've Got Five Dollars (2:36)
  15. 15 You Took Advantage of Me (2:19)
  16. 16 I Wish I Were in Love Again (2:29)
  17. 17 This Funny World (3:07)
  18. 18 My Heart Stood Still (1:58)
  19. 19 My Romance (3:45)
  20. 20 Mountain Greenery (2:58)
  21. 21 This Can't Be Love (1:44)
  22. 22 I Could Write a Book (3:17)
  23. 23 Thou Swell (2:10)
  24. 24 The Most Beautiful Girl in the World (3:19)
  25. 25 I Wish I Were in Love Again (2:55)
  26. 26 This Funny World (3:19)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The Bad and the Beautiful (2:18)
  2. 2 Lucky to Be Me (3:45)
  3. 3 Make Someone Happy (3:53)
  4. 4 You're Nearer (2:23)
  5. 5 A Child Is Born (3:17)
  6. 6 The Two Lonely People (4:27)
  7. 7 You Don't Know What Love Is (3:27)
  8. 8 Maybe September (3:55)
  9. 9 Lonely Girl (2:49)
  10. 10 You Must Believe in Spring (5:51)
  11. 11 Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) (2:28)
  12. 12 Dream Dancing (3:48)
  13. 13 The Bad and the Beautiful (2:13)
  14. 14 The Bad and the Beautiful (2:09)
  15. 15 Make Someone Happy (3:53)
  16. 16 You're Nearer (2:58)
  17. 17 A Child Is Born (3:26)
  18. 18 A Child Is Born (3:12)
  19. 19 Two Lonely People (4:43)
  20. 20 You Don't Know What Love Is (3:33)
  21. 21 You Don't Know What Love Is (3:33)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Maybe September (4:37)
  2. 2 Maybe September (4:31)
  3. 3 Lonely Girl (2:57)
  4. 4 You Must Believe in Spring (6:01)
  5. 5 You Must Believe in Spring (5:36)
  6. 6 You Must Believe in Spring (2:31)
  7. 7 Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) (4:45)
  8. 8 Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise (3:53)
  9. 9 Stompin' at the Savoy (4:53)
  10. 10 While We're Young (2:06)
  11. 11 In a Mellow Tone (6:09)
  12. 12 It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) (2:45)
  13. 13 Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love) (4:56)
  14. 14 'S Wonderful (3:27)
  15. 15 I Left My Heart in San Francisco (1:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tony Bennett Primary Artist, Primary Artist
George Barnes Guitar
Ruby Braff Cornet
Charlie Byrd Guitar
Bill Evans Piano
Buddy Tate Saxophone
Brian Torff Bass
Herb Hall Clarinet
Joe Cocuzzo Drums
Vic Dickenson Trombone
Chuck Hughes Drums
Marian McPartland Piano
Wayne Wright Guitar
Torrie Zito Piano, Musical Direction
John Giuffrida Bass
Geoffrey Reed Drums
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Sigmund Romberg Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Percy Faith Composer
Fred Astaire Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Milton Nascimento Composer
Bill Evans Composer
Thad Jones Composer
Michel Legrand Composer
Neal Hefti Composer
Gene Lees Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Edgar Sampson Composer
Chick Webb Composer
Alec Wilder Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Carol Hall Composer
Dory Langdon Composer
Marvin Hamlisch Composer
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Don Cody Producer, Engineer
Betty Comden Composer
Gene DePaul Composer
Jacques Demy Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Ray Evans Composer
Will Friedwald Liner Notes
Milt Gabler Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Adolph Green Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Francis Hime Composer
Helen Keane Producer
Edward Kleban Composer
Frank Laico Engineer
Jay Livingston Composer
Vincent S. Morette Engineer
Anthony Newley Composer
Cole Porter Composer
David Raksin Composer
Milt Raskin Composer
Don Raye Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Torrie Zito Arranger, Composer
R. MacDonald Composer
Tommy Wolf Composer
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Composer
William Engvick Composer
Bob Grotke Engineer
Morty Palitz Composer
Maxwell Anderson Composer
William Slater Composer
George Cory Composer
Douglass Cross Composer
W. Benton Overstreet Composer
Seth Presant Remixing, Remastering
Billy Higgins Composer
Rudy Guerra Composer
Herman Hupfeld Composer
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