Tony Bennett Bill Evans Album [Bonus Tracks]

Tony Bennett Bill Evans Album [Bonus Tracks]

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by Bill Evans, Tony Bennett
     
 

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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'… See more details below

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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:
11/07/2006
Label:
Fantasy
UPC:
0888072301771
catalogNumber:
30177
Rank:
13813

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Tracks

  1. Young and Foolish  -  Bill Evans Trio
  2. The Touch of Your Lips  - Bill Evans
  3. Some Other Time  -  Bill Evans Trio
  4. When in Rome  - Bill Evans
  5. We'll Be Together Again  - Bill Evans
  6. My Foolish Heart  -  Bill Evans Trio
  7. Waltz for Debby  -  Bill Evans Trio
  8. But Beautiful  - Bill Evans
  9. Days of Wine and Roses  -  Bill Evans Trio
  10. Young and Foolish  -  Bill Evans Trio
  11. The Touch of Your Lips  - Bill Evans
  12. Some Other Time  -  Bill Evans Trio
  13. When in Rome  - Bill Evans
  14. Waltz for Debby  -  Bill Evans Trio

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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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