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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, Marc Bridle, John Eyles, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke, Jack Ashby



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TONY BENNETT

Life Is Beautiful

Concord Records CCD-2195-2

 

    1. Life Is Beautiful
    2. All Mine
    3. Bridges
    4. Reflections
    5. Experiment
    6. This Funny World
    7. As Time Goes By
    8. I Used to Be Colour 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 be So Nice to Come Home To

Easy to Love

It’s Alright With Me

Night & day

Dream dancing

I’ve Got You Under My skin

Get Out of Town

What is this Thing Called Love

Torrie Zito – piano

John Guiffrida – bass

Chuck Hughes – drums

This record was originally released on Tony Bennett’s own Improv label, it was recorded in the 1970’s and consists of an interesting collection of the lesser known songs of the great American tunesmiths, Porter, Rogers, Berlin etc. On this new release from Concorde, the Cole Porter Medley has been added. Pianist Zito wrote the arrangements for the large orchestra used in the backings, the charts are good and the orchestra exceptional.

It was nice to hear the verse on As Time Goes By, a song that just doesn’t seem to date. Tony Bennett is one of the last of the super star singers the USA produced. He carries on the tradition of Sinatra, Davies and Martin, but he is of course, his own man. His voice is immediately identifiable; I can’t imagine anyone not picking him out in a blindfold test! Although most of the earlier songs on the album are not well known, they are nevertheless good songs and Bennett makes the most of all of them. There’ll Be Some Changes starts out with vocal over a walking bass before the band kicks in and then the arrangement moves to a faster tempo. Every Tony Bennett recording and every live performance I have ever heard, he is always working with the very best musicians and this record is no exception.

After enjoying the unfamiliar songs of the US Songbook, it was nice then to hear the Cole Porter Medley. These tunes are as good as anything that has been written before or since. Many of them feature in the library of most jazz musicians.

Tony Bennett is a legend in popular music, who has a great jazz feel, a unique voice and he knows how to sell a song to his audience, I enjoyed every track.

Don Mather

 



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