Playin With My Friends: Bennett Sings the Blues CD
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Every song on the CD is excellent, all jazz, all done tastefully, and his selection of "friends" only adds to the pleasure of the CD. I especially liked Sheryl Crow and B.B. King, but everyone -- Diana Krall, Ray Charles, Bonnie Raitt, k.d. lang, Kay Starr, Billy Joel, and Natalie Cole worked smoothly and well with TB.
I cannot imagine anyone who likes Tony Bennett's sound who will not find this listening experience truly wonderful. And, i would expect that some who are not his fans will finally see why so many of us think of him as one of the greatest singers of the past five decades.
All this is well earned, as this CD shows. He maintains an upbeat style and while it's wonderful to hear him with a veteran such as Kay Starr on "Blue and Sentimental", he is still a good match for such gals as Diana Krall, Sheryl Crow, and Bonnie Raitt.
Most outstanding, though, in my mind is "New York State of Mind", a great duet with Billy Joel. And for real low down blues, "Evenin'" with Ray Charles can't be beat. Another master blues musician, B. B. King, really backs Tony up, and easily shares the spotlight on "Let The Good Times Roll".
This is good blues, although with the Tony Bennett upbeat interpretation, it isn't always at its most soulful...often a blending of Bennett's smooth and upbeat voice with generally soulful vocal or instrumental accpaniment from the great guest stars.
"Alright, Okay, You Win" has Tony Bennett singing with the great Diana Krall; together they make this number shine more brightly than ever before! Diana is in excellent form and her vocals complement Tony's performance very well; and the jazzy arrangement works wonders for this classic tune. Great! "Everyday (I Have The Blues)" features Tony Bennett singing with Stevie Wonder; they both sound great and together they make some mighty fine music for us to enjoy! This tune also gets an excellent jazzy musical arrangement that is also very pretty and I really like "Everyday (I Have The Blues)." Listen also for "Good Morning, Heartache" with Sheryl Crow. Sheryl's vocals are excellent although I must admit I still think this number belongs to the immortal Billie Holiday. Nevertheless, Tony and Sheryl do a superlative job as they perform "Good Morning, Heartache" with lots of feeling, heart and soul.
"Evenin'" has the great Ray Charles performing with Tony Bennett; they massage the lyrics to this classic ballad and this bluesy number never sounded better! Tony and Ray Charles do this to perfection--and beyond! I particularly like the piano arrangement--it's not too overbearing and it's elegant as well. "Keep The Faith, Baby" has Tony performing with k.d. lang; together they easily ace this tune and the percussion enhances the natural beauty of this ballad. I can certainly understand why Tony Bennett said that k.d.Read more ›
The only disappointment is the lack of liner notes. It would be nice to read about these sessions. For instance, where has Kay Starr been all these years. She doesn't sound all that great, but it was nice to hear that she's still among the living.
And, when are recording companies going to stop printing essential sideman information, etc. in the tiniest of type and layed over color graphics? The "artsy" album designers are all after some award, and forget there are those of us who actually like to read what was written and not have to strain through black print on dark colors.
Five stars for Music, but deduct a 1/2 star for the lack of liner notes and graphics as described.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm sorry everyone who likes this CD, but I think it's one of the worst that Tony Bennett has ever recorded. Read morePublished 24 days ago by flower lady
EXCELLENT!!! EVERY SONG IS EXCELLENT!!!! I PLAY THIS OVER AND OVER!!!!!Published 1 month ago by Demetrius L. Daniels
Not exactly what I was looking for but that is my fault. I should have read the album info more closely. That said, it is Tony Bennet in great voice singing blues with his friends.Published 9 months ago by Howard
I love jazz and with the "experienced" artists. Bennett's duets are wonderful. It's a great mixture of current and seasoned artists.Published 9 months ago by Jace
smooth, jazz, great singer, just put it on repeat and enjoy!Published 9 months ago by Robert and Jo Anna Oldani
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