Life Is Beautiful

Life Is Beautiful

by Tony Bennett


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Life Is Beautiful

Recorded for his own Improv label, Tony Bennett's Life Is Beautiful appeared the same year as his impressive jazz collaboration with Bill Evans, and represents a return to full orchestration after the quiet majesty of The Tony Bennett Bill Evans Album. Anchored by the Torrie Zito Trio but also including frequent strings and brass, Bennett makes ten intriguing selections for his material; while the composers are hardly unfamiliar names (including Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, Kurt Weill, and even Fred Astaire), many of Bennett's choices are fresh ones, reflecting his 25 years of investigation into the American songbook. Ellington's obscure "Reflections" is the best, given a sweetly remembered, world-weary, yet majestic performance by the incomparable Bennett. Berlin's enraptured "I Used to Be Color Blind" and Porter's swinging "Experiment" are also great versions of rare songs by top-drawer composers. Bennett's voice, however, isn't always in top condition here; he strains for a few notes, and several times attempts to power through lines that would've been improved by clever phrasing. [A 2003 reissue by Concord added a song recorded at the same time, a 12-minute "Cole Porter Medley" smoothly performed by Bennett and just as smoothly transitioned by Torrie Zito.]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2003
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431219521
catalogNumber: 2195

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony Bennett   Primary Artist
Chuck Hughes   Drums
Torrie Zito   Piano,Track Performer
Johnny Guiffrida   Bass

Technical Credits

Kurt Weill   Composer
Fred Astaire   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Milton Nascimento   Composer
Gene Lees   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
John Burk   Executive Producer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Francis Hime   Composer
Frank Laico   Engineer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Milt Raskin   Composer
Torrie Zito   Arranger
Tommy Wolf   Composer
Abbey Anna   Art Direction
Tom Copi   Cover Photo
Glen Barros   Executive Producer
Maxwell Anderson   Composer
W. Benton Overstreet   Composer
Billy Higgins   Composer
Rudy Guerra   Composer

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