- Anything Goes
- Cheek To Cheek
- Don't Wait Too Long
- I Can't Give You Anything But Love
- Nature Boy
- Goody Goody
- Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
- I Won't Dance
- They All Laughed
- Lush Life
- Sophisticated Lady
- Let's Face The Music & Dance
- But Beautiful
- It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
Cheek To Cheek features classic jazz standards sung by Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett in a combination of vocal duets and solo performances. From the title track to “But Beautiful” to “I Won’t Dance,” the record’s duets showcase the chemistry between the two artists, who span 60 years in age. As Bennett says, “What I really love about being a jazz singer is that jazz artists are very creative, very honest, from phrase to phrase” and Lady Gaga adds, “We wanted to make something that sounded perfect because of the quality of the emotion…the honesty.” Cheek To Cheek also features the Lady Gaga solo, “Lush Life,” accompanied by Tony Bennett’s solo of “Sophisticated Lady.” The two songs complement each other, as Lady Gaga explains, “I loved making ‘Lush Life,’ Tony mentored me emotionally through the process,” and Tony Bennett adds, “I sang ‘Sophisticated Lady’ to answer her on ‘Lush Life,’ and because Duke Ellington wrote it, who collaborated with Billy Strayhorn, the writer of ‘Lush Life.’” Recorded in New York City, Cheek To Cheek took over a year to complete and features jazz musicians associated with both artists including members of Bennett’s quartet, Mike Renzi, Gray Sargent, Harold Jones and Marshall Wood as well pianist Tom Ranier. Jazz trumpeter Brian Newman, a long-time friend and colleague of Lady Gaga appears on the album as well with his NYC based jazz quintet. Jazz soloists on selected tracks include tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano, trumpeter George Rabbai and flutist Paul Horn, who passed away in July 2014
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is album is absolutely amazing!!! Tony, as always, is on point! For those who only Lady's pop persona will be pleasantly surprised that she is much better as a jazz artist!
After 10 listens (I left it in the car CD player intentionally) this CD has become one of my all time favorites. The pure irony of a classic icon with a young and very talented voice pulling at both ends makes this special. USA TODAY got it right when they did "ding" Lady Gaga a tad for struggling a bit in her upper register, but that having been heard or said, this CD will takes its place on my shelf next to Abbey Road, Deja Vu, Toys in the Attic, and other masterpieces. I enjoyed it THAT much!
great comibination of vocals and songs! Two great singers & performers together!
I am not sure this will count as I have not "heard" this album, but I saw the PBS video of this album and it is FANTASTIC! All the reviews are right! Discover Lady Gaga's TRUE voice and if you are a jazz fan, WOW! GREAT! I intend to buy this album very soon. I am sorry Tony fans, but his voice is going and he cannot sustain a note at the end of phrasings; not to worry, Lady picks it up and carries him to the end.
Just ordering - have not heard it.