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Cheek to Cheek - Live [Blu-ray]
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With regards to the performance, I am an old guy and I am not into the Lady Gaga thing with all the crazy clothes and what I previously thought was just a clever creation of some highly paid PR folks. While the PR stuff is probably, to some extent, true I was surprised and amazed how well The Lady can sing traditional pop and jazz. While her upper register is a little compromised, as is Tony's at this stage in his career, she can really sing...She has to be taken as a serious artist. I think of this peculiar combination mush in the way somebody described the relationship between Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers. "He gave her class and she gave him sex appeal." In this case "sex appeal" might not be appropriate for an 88 Y.O octogenarian, but they both kind of added a bit to the others shortcomings with the net result being that the sum is greater than the parts.
The songs were great...many wonderful standards and some great songs that I was not at all familiar. The disc was a combination of solos and duets. I knew that Tony could sing the hell out of these songs, but Gaga was a total surprise. She is a real artist and her taste in clothes, at least on this occasion, was great. The back up band was also first rate.
All in all, if you like tradition pop songs, this is a highly entertaining disc.
The concert Cheek to Cheek Live! arrives on blu-ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.85:1 encode. It was filmed in 4K Ultra High Definition (HD). The video was very pleasing with lots of sharp details especially on close-up, showing wrinkles and different strands of hair. The colour was accurate.
Cheek to Cheek comes with DTS-HD 5.0 Master Audio or Dolby TrueHD 5.0 lossless track. Why not 5.1? Fortunately, the bass was adequate. The vocals are very detailed and clear. Tony Bennett's phraseology was of course excellent, while Lady "Poker Face" Gaga showed the world that she has a great singing voice. The orchestra sound was also very smooth. The piano sound from the Steinway & Sons was crisp. The violin segments were very smooth. Of course one must mention the trumpet solo by Chris Botti and saxophone solo by David Mann, especially in the duel in the last song, were outstanding. (5/5)
This concert was taped at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall on July 28, 2014. All the songs were handpicked by the artists. Throughout the concert, Bennett and Gaga demonstrated a strong camaraderie and affection belying the six-decade age differential. I have compiled a song listing (including names of artists who made the songs popular, chart positions, plus personal comments):
01 ANYTHING GOES (duet)*written by Cole Porter; Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra (5/1934); remember this song was sung at the beginning of Indiana Jones' Temple of Doom?
02 CHEEK TO CHEEK (duet)*written by Irving Berlin; Fred Astaire (1(11)/1935); from movie Top Hat.
03 THEY ALL LAUGHED (duet)*written by George & Ira Gershwin; Fred Astaire (6/1937); from movie Shall We Dance?.
04 LADY'S IN LOVE WITH YOU (Tony Bennett, solo)*Glenn Miller & His Orchestra (2/1939).
05 NATURE BOY (duet)*Nat King Cole (1(8)/1948).
06 GOODY GOODY (duet)*Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (1(6)/1936).
07 HOW DO YOU KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING? (Tony Bennett, solo)*written by Alan & Marilyn Bergman; James Ingram & Patti Austin (45/1983).
08 BANG BANG (Lady Gaga, solo)*written by Sonny Bono; Cher (2/1966); watch out for Gaga's huge Afro-wig; Chris Botti, trumpet.
09 BEWTICHED, BOTHERED AND BEWILDERED (Lady Gaga, solo)*first recorded by Leo Reisman (25/1941); of course the most popular version was by Doris Day (9/1950).
10 FIREFLY (duet)*original artist: Tony Bennett (20/1958).
11 I WON'T DANCE (duet)*Eddy Duchin & His Orchestra (1(3)/1935); from movie Roberta.
12 DON'T WAIT TOO LONG (Tony Bennett, solo)*original artist: Tony Bennett (54/1963).
13 I CAN'T GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT LOVE (duet)*Cliff Edwards (1(1)/1928); remember his voice as Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio?
14 LUSH LIFE (Lady Gaga, solo)*John Coltrane with Johnny Hartman (1963).
15 SOPHISTICATED LADY (Tony Bennett, solo)*Duke Ellington (3/1933).
16 LET'S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE (duet)*written by Irving Berlin; Fred Astaire (5/1936).
17 EV'RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE (Lady Gaga, solo)*written by Cole Porter; Ella Fitzgerald (1956).
18 BUT BEAUTIFUL (duet)*Frank Sinatra (14/1948).
19 IT DON'T MEAN A THING (IF IT AIN'T GOT THAT SWING (duet, with trumpet and saxophone solos)*Duke Ellington (6/1932).
The concert (5/5).
There is a nice 4-page booklet with song listing including names of the orchestra. There are nice pictures on the back of the front and back covers.
TRIVIA ABOUT CHEEK TO CHEEK ALBUM:
The album, Cheek To Cheek, debuted in September at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album chart and also hit #1 on the Jazz Album and Traditional Jazz Album charts. Cheek To Cheek was recently nominated for a Grammy Award in the "Best TraditionalPop Vocal" category (It should win). With the release of "Cheek To Cheek," Bennett broke his own record, set in 2011 when "Duets II" debuted at #1 at the age of 85. Now at 88, Bennett remains the oldest artist in music industry history to have an album at the #1 spot on the Billboard charts. "Cheek To Cheek" marks Lady Gaga's third consecutive #1 album release in just over three years, making her the only female artist this decade to achieve this feat; this is the second time in Bennett's career that he has had an album debut at #1 in both Billboard's Pop and Jazz Album charts.
It does not come better than this set: a combination of jazz, infused with the pop elements by Lady Gaga. It is great to listen to the big band music in high definition. The entire set is very enjoyable. If you are a jazz fan, what more can I say about Tony Bennett. Don't be bothered by Lady Gaga. She presented herself admirably, with great singing voice and stage presence. She is not just a "Poker Face." This blu-ray concert is very highly recommended. I guarantee you will be tapping your feet with the music.
PS. On the website, it is stated as B/2 meaning Region 2 for UK. Being in Canada, I bought mine from Amazon.ca. In the case of Canada, I think Amazon.ca made a mistake. My disc is Region 1 and plays on north American blu-ray player. I hope somebody from US who bought this concert will report to all of you whether the disc is region was 1 or 2. It is really unfortunate to mistakenly list as Region B/2, resulting in many people not purchasing this great concert disc. From a common sense point of view, this concert originated from US, not from UK and released by Interscope Records in California. Why would they release a Region 2/B product in US? It does not make any sense. Good luck!