The Complete Improv Recordings

The Complete Improv Recordings

by Tony BennettTony Bennett


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For those new to the music of Tony Bennett, Improv was a label started by Tony Bennett and businessman Bill Hassett. Bennett was fed up with the suits at Columbia Records, who were trying to make him sing rock & roll. When his contract expired at the beginning of the 1970s, he and Hassett formed a label to help him realize his aesthetic ambitions, and Improv was born. Bennett recorded five albums for the label between 1975 and 1977 before it went bankrupt. These recordings may not have sold well -- due largely to distribution problems -- but all of them were critically acclaimed. On these sides, Bennett is in awesome company throughout, with talent ranging from Bill Evans and Earl Hines to Ruby Braff to Marian McPartland to Buddy Tate and Charlie Byrd. The albums included here are Tony Bennett Sings 10 Rodgers and Hart Songs, Tony Bennett Sings More Great Rodgers & Hart, Tony Bennett and Bill Evans Together Again (this was the follow-up to the Fantasy set entitled The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album and is easily the better of the two), Life Is Beautiful, and Tony Bennett With the McPartlands and Friends Make Magnificent Music. While the original albums have been issued on CD before, complete sessions have never been available until now. Along with the original LPs are unissued alternate takes, 45s, and even an unreleased tune finished for a particular session but never used. In addition, the album with the McPartlands is here on compact disc for the first time. It should also be noted that this box finally completes the two different Tony Bennett and Bill Evans Together Again CD issues that were released on Rhino and Concord with different material. Collectors will find the box irresistible as much for its fine, if simple, presentation as for the material itself. The liner essay by jazz writer Will Friewald is not only informative about the period and the label, but is exhaustive in its discussion of the recording sessions. This is a reasonably priced multi-disc collection that offers an intimate, up-close view of a restlessly original artist during the biggest gamble of his professional career.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/09/2004
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431225522
catalogNumber: 42255
Rank: 202757


Disc 1

  1. Life Is Beautiful
  2. All Mine
  3. Bridges (Travessia)
  4. Reflections
  5. Experiment
  6. This Funny World
  7. As Time Goes By
  8. I Used to Be Color Blind
  9. Lost in the Stars
  10. There'll Be Some Changes Made
  11. Cole Porter Medley: What Is This Thing Called Love/Love for Sale/You'd
  12. There's Always Tomorrow
  13. One
  14. Mr. Magic

Disc 2

  1. This Can't Be Love
  2. Blue Moon
  3. The Lady Is a Tramp
  4. Lover
  5. Manhattan
  6. Spring Is Here
  7. Have You Met Miss Jones?
  8. Isn't It Romantic?
  9. Wait Till You See Her
  10. I Could Write a Book
  11. Thou Swell
  12. The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
  13. There's a Small Hotel
  14. I've Got Five Dollars
  15. You Took Advantage of Me
  16. I Wish I Were in Love Again
  17. This Funny World
  18. My Heart Stood Still
  19. My Romance
  20. Mountain Greenery
  21. This Can't Be Love
  22. I Could Write a Book
  23. Thou Swell
  24. The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
  25. I Wish I Were in Love Again
  26. This Funny World

Disc 3

  1. The Bad and the Beautiful
  2. Lucky to Be Me
  3. Make Someone Happy
  4. You're Nearer
  5. A Child Is Born
  6. The Two Lonely People
  7. You Don't Know What Love Is
  8. Maybe September
  9. Lonely Girl
  10. You Must Believe in Spring
  11. Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)
  12. Dream Dancing
  13. The Bad and the Beautiful
  14. The Bad and the Beautiful
  15. Make Someone Happy
  16. You're Nearer
  17. A Child Is Born
  18. A Child Is Born
  19. Two Lonely People
  20. You Don't Know What Love Is
  21. You Don't Know What Love Is

Disc 4

  1. Maybe September
  2. Maybe September
  3. Lonely Girl
  4. You Must Believe in Spring
  5. You Must Believe in Spring
  6. You Must Believe in Spring
  7. Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)
  8. Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise
  9. Stompin' at the Savoy
  10. While We're Young
  11. In a Mellow Tone
  12. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
  13. Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)
  14. 'S Wonderful
  15. I Left My Heart in San Francisco

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony Bennett   Primary Artist
George Barnes   Guitar
Ruby Braff   Cornet
Charlie Byrd   Guitar
Bill Evans   Piano
Buddy Tate   Saxophone
Brian Torff   Bass
Herb Hall   Clarinet
Joe Cocuzzo   Drums
Vic Dickenson   Trombone
Chuck Hughes   Drums
Marian McPartland   Piano
Wayne Wright   Guitar
Torrie Zito   Piano,Musical Direction
John Giuffrida   Bass
Geoffrey Reed   Drums

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Percy Faith   Composer
Fred Astaire   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Milton Nascimento   Composer
Bill Evans   Composer
Thad Jones   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Neal Hefti   Composer
Gene Lees   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Edgar Sampson   Composer
Chick Webb   Composer
Alec Wilder   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Carol Hall   Composer
Dory Langdon   Composer
Marvin Hamlisch   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Don Cody   Producer,Engineer
Betty Comden   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Jacques Demy   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
Milt Gabler   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Adolph Green   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Francis Hime   Composer
Helen Keane   Producer
Edward Kleban   Composer
Frank Laico   Engineer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Vincent S. Morette   Engineer
Anthony Newley   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
David Raksin   Composer
Milt Raskin   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Torrie Zito   Arranger,Composer
R. MacDonald   Composer
Tommy Wolf   Composer
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra   Composer
William Engvick   Composer
Bob Grotke   Engineer
Morty Palitz   Composer
Maxwell Anderson   Composer
William Slater   Composer
George Cory   Composer
Douglass Cross   Composer
W. Benton Overstreet   Composer
Seth Presant   Remixing
Billy Higgins   Composer
Rudy Guerra   Composer
Herman Hupfeld   Composer

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