The Tony Bennett Bill Evans Album [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Having completed his relatively brief sojourn with MGM/Verve in 1973, 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, this one for Evans' label, Fantasy Records, with another 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 one of the best albums of either's career. For Bennett, it was a dream project; for years ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Having completed his relatively brief sojourn with MGM/Verve in 1973, 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, this one for Evans' label, Fantasy Records, with another 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 one 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. [The album was reissued with five bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2006
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 888072301771
  • Catalog Number: 30177
  • Sales rank: 36,682

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Young and Foolish - Bill Evans Trio (3:54)
  2. 2 The Touch of Your Lips - Bill Evans (3:56)
  3. 3 Some Other Time - Bill Evans Trio (4:42)
  4. 4 When in Rome - Bill Evans (2:54)
  5. 5 We'll Be Together Again - Bill Evans (4:38)
  6. 6 My Foolish Heart - Bill Evans Trio (4:51)
  7. 7 Waltz for Debby - Bill Evans Trio (4:04)
  8. 8 But Beautiful - Bill Evans (3:36)
  9. 9 Days of Wine and Roses - Bill Evans Trio (2:23)
  10. 10 Young and Foolish - Bill Evans Trio (4:45)
  11. 11 The Touch of Your Lips - Bill Evans (2:54)
  12. 12 Some Other Time - Bill Evans Trio (4:56)
  13. 13 When in Rome - Bill Evans (2:57)
  14. 14 Waltz for Debby - Bill Evans Trio (3:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Evans Primary Artist, Piano
Tony Bennett Primary Artist, Vocals
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Henry Mancini Composer
Frankie Laine Composer
Tony Bennett Drawing
Cy Coleman Composer
Bill Evans Composer
Gene Lees Composer
Ray Noble Composer
Greg Allen Art Direction
Johnny Burke Composer
Don Cody Engineer
Betty Comden Composer
Will Friedwald Liner Notes
Adolph Green Composer
George Horn Remastering
Helen Keane Audio Production, Original Album Producer
Orrin Keepnews Executive Producer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Cheryl Pawelski Reissue Producer
James Van Heusen Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Victor Young Composer
Phil Carroll Art Direction
Carl Fischer Composer
Phil Bray Cover Photo, Inlay Photography
Carolyn Leigh Composer
Albert Hague Composer
Arnold B. Horwitt Composer
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