The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Having completed his relatively brief sojourn with MGM/Verve with 1973's Listen Easy, Tony Bennett was in the midst of forming his own label, Improv Records, when he made a deal with jazz pianist Bill Evans to cut two LPs: The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album and Together Again. (The first would be for Evans' label, Fantasy Records, the second to follow on Improv.) The singer and his collaborator -- "accompanist" does not adequately describe Evans' contribution, and in any case he received co-billing -- got together in a recording studio over four days in June 1975 with no one other than the producer, Helen Keane and an engineer present, and quickly recorded two of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Having completed his relatively brief sojourn with MGM/Verve with 1973's Listen Easy, Tony Bennett was in the midst of forming his own label, Improv Records, when he made a deal with jazz pianist Bill Evans to cut two LPs: The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album and Together Again. (The first would be for Evans' label, Fantasy Records, the second to follow on Improv.) The singer and his collaborator -- "accompanist" does not adequately describe Evans' contribution, and in any case he received co-billing -- got together in a recording studio over four days in June 1975 with no one other than the producer, Helen Keane and an engineer present, and quickly recorded two of the best albums of either's career. For Bennett, it was a dream project; for years (decades, actually), he had been balancing the demands of commerciality with his own inclinations toward jazz and affection for the songs of Broadway masters and of the Great American Songbook. Left to himself with a jazz partner, he naturally gravitated toward both interests. There were songs here that he had already recorded, but never in so unadorned and yet fully realized a fashion. Evans was an excellent accompanist, using his steady left hand to keep his singer centered, but ready, whenever the vocals were finished, to go off into his characteristically lyrical playing. Bennett could seem a bit earthbound when he came back in (he still wasn't really a jazz singer), but his obvious enthusiasm for the project, coupled with his mastery of phrasing in songs he understood perfectly made him an equal in the partnership. As far as the major-label record business was concerned, the 46-year-old singer might have been over the hill and indulging himself, but in fact he was in his prime and finally able to pursue his ambitions unfettered, and that would prove itself a major boost to his career over time. For the moment, he'd made an excellent jazz-pop hybrid in which both musicians were shown off to advantage. [Of the 20 alternate takes and two bonus tracks included in this complete package, nine are previously unreleased except on the Bennett box set, The Complete Improv Recordings. Not surprisingly, they are more interesting for Evans' different improvisations than for anything else. But they also demonstrate that he and Bennett tried different approaches to the tunes. "Young and Foolish," the lead-off track on their first album, begins with both Bennett and Evans on the refrain, but the alternate take starts with Evans alone, followed by Bennett singing the song's introductory verse instead; the version runs a minute longer. The alternate take of "The Touch of Your Lips," on the other hand, is at a faster tempo and a minute shorter. None of the alternate takes actually improves on the originally released ones, but they show how well considered the album was.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/14/2009
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 888072312814
  • Catalog Number: 31281
  • Sales rank: 31,979

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Young and Foolish - Bill Evans (3:54)
  2. 2 The Touch of Your Lips - Bill Evans (3:56)
  3. 3 Some Other Time - Bill Evans (4:42)
  4. 4 When in Rome - Bill Evans (2:55)
  5. 5 We'll Be Together Again - Bill Evans (4:38)
  6. 6 My Foolish Heart - Bill Evans (4:51)
  7. 7 Waltz for Debby - Bill Evans (4:04)
  8. 8 But Beautiful - Bill Evans (3:36)
  9. 9 The Days of Wine and Roses - Bill Evans (2:23)
  10. 10 The Bad and the Beautiful - Bill Evans (2:18)
  11. 11 Lucky to Be Me - Bill Evans (3:45)
  12. 12 Make Someone Happy - Bill Evans (3:53)
  13. 13 You're Nearer - Bill Evans (2:23)
  14. 14 A Child Is Born - Bill Evans (3:17)
  15. 15 The Two Lonely People - Bill Evans (4:27)
  16. 16 You Don't Know What Love Is - Bill Evans (3:27)
  17. 17 Maybe September - Bill Evans (3:55)
  18. 18 Lonely Girl - Bill Evans (2:49)
  19. 19 You Must Believe in Spring - Bill Evans (5:51)
  20. 20 Who Can I Turn To? - Bill Evans (2:28)
  21. 21 Dream Dancing - Bill Evans (3:46)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Young and Foolish - Bill Evans (4:45)
  2. 2 The Touch of Your Lips - Bill Evans (2:54)
  3. 3 Some Other Time - Bill Evans (4:56)
  4. 4 When in Rome - Bill Evans (2:57)
  5. 5 Waltz for Debby - Bill Evans (3:50)
  6. 6 The Bad and the Beautiful - Bill Evans (2:12)
  7. 7 The Bad and the Beautiful - Bill Evans (2:09)
  8. 8 Make Someon Happy - Bill Evans (3:54)
  9. 9 You're Nearer - Bill Evans (2:58)
  10. 10 A Child Is Born - Bill Evans (3:26)
  11. 11 A Child Is Born - Bill Evans (3:12)
  12. 12 The Two Lonely People - Bill Evans (4:43)
  13. 13 You Don't Know What Love Is [Versi - Bill Evans (3:33)
  14. 14 You Don't Know What Love Is [Versi - Bill Evans (3:37)
  15. 15 Maybe September - Bill Evans (4:37)
  16. 16 Maybe September - Bill Evans (4:31)
  17. 17 Lonely Girl - Bill Evans (2:57)
  18. 18 You Must Believe in Spring - Bill Evans (6:01)
  19. 19 You Must Believe in Spring - Bill Evans (5:36)
  20. 20 Who Can I Turn To? - Bill Evans (2:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tony Bennett Primary Artist, Vocals
Bill Evans Piano
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Percy Faith Composer
Henry Mancini Composer
Frankie Laine Composer
Cy Coleman Composer
Bill Evans Composer
Thad Jones Composer
Michel Legrand Composer
Neal Hefti Composer
Gene Lees Composer
Ray Noble Composer
Alec Wilder Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Carol Hall Composer
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Don Cody Producer, Engineer
Betty Comden Composer
Gene DePaul Composer
Jacques Demy Composer
Ray Evans Composer
Will Friedwald Liner Notes
Adolph Green Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
George Horn Remastering
Helen Keane Producer
Orrin Keepnews Executive Producer
Jay Livingston Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Anthony Newley Composer
Cole Porter Composer
David Raksin Composer
Don Raye Composer
Jule Styne Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Victor Young Composer
Carl Fischer Composer
Carolyn Leigh Composer
Albert Hague Composer
Arnold B. Horwitt Composer
Seth Presant Remastering
Larissa Collins Art Direction
Mary Bergman Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    TOP OF THE LINE! AN AWESOME DUO OF JAZZ & SONG!

    A MARVELOUS EXPERIENCE IN A JAZZ PIANO WITH LEGENDARY PERFORMERS!TONY BENNETT & BILL EVANS! A PERFECT PAIRING! A SOOTHING COMBINATION OF PIANO & SONG! RPM

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