The Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Album
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, April 1, 2003
Vinyl, Original recording remastered, October 25, 1991
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To make a long story short, listening to this album brought back so many memories of Dad that I just had to buy it for myself. The songs themselves are all wonderful, recorded with a "you are there" intimacy (listen for Tony clearing his throat mid-phrase on 'When in Rome'). Bill, as usual, could evoke beautiful sounds just by looking at a key board.
Think of the most romantic setting possible with your loved one. Adding this album can only improve it. 'Young and Foolish', 'The Touch of Your Lips' and 'Waltz for Debbie' are the best of the lot, in my opinion, but all of them are delicious.
In contrast, Tony Bennett's recordings were mediocre at best. Why? My thought is that Bennett chose not to challenge himself in the studio, either with material and certainly not with musicians.
But this CD and its sequel are from another galaxy. Just one musician gets the recorded Bennett out of his studio lethargy. Bill Evans, that exquisite pianist challenges Bennett from the first track of this CD and does not let up for a nanosecond. You can hear the effect.
It starts with the first word of the first track, Bennett's voice is deeper, huskier and different on "Young and Foolish". It continues all through the last chords of Days of Wine and Roses.
My only quibble is that the CD ends.
Throughout his maddeningly all-too-short career, Evans was at his absolute best when working in collaboration, whether it be in a trio, sextet (as with Miles Davis or, on one recording session, with Chet Baker), or -- in this case -- a duo setting . . . with Tony Bennett, who early in his training had been taught to treat his voice -- and pattern it -- as a specific instrument (he chose tenor sax, by the way).
Evans never thought of himself as a singer's accompanist. He was wrong. There's a 1963 album he recorded, for example, with German vocalist Monica Wetteland, which proves how totally off he was in his self-assessment. But then, there's also THIS particular album with Bennett . . .
Perhaps, though, he responded to Tony Bennett as a fellow musician; maybe that's what makes this particular collaboration shine to the ultimate degree.
There are times in this album when, to this day, I wonder if they didn't sneak in a third musician. Witness, for example, Evan's lead-in to "Some Other Time" (a fairly obscure Comden-Greene number): with his inimitable touch, he echoes bassist Paul Chambers' intro to 'Flamenco Sketches' ("Kind of Blue," the Miles Davis Sextet) as he leads Bennett into the 'meat' of the song. What follows -- from both singer and 'accompanist' -- is sheer magic, the art of collaboration personified.
Each song on the CD mirrors this virtually letter-perfect collaboration.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just stumbled on the existence of this album and love the work of both Tony Bennett and Bill Evans. Received my copy (a used CD in very good condition) and have played it several... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Richard Davies
Two giants at their peak. Just Bill and Tony and great musicianship. Each holds his own, but does not dominate the other. May be Bennett's greatest album.Published 18 months ago by Benedict Mondello
not what I expected. I am both a bill evans fan as well as Tony Bennett. I think that both have done much better albumsPublished on November 27, 2013 by Marc Maurmann
I am a great lover of singers and pianists who are strong enough and bold enough to take on the Great American Songbook without fear. Read morePublished on September 6, 2013 by Joemikehap
Bennett is in peak form and Evans is his excellent self. Great jazz singing and playing. Why is this my second favorite? My favorite is Bennett/Evans: Together Again. Read morePublished on April 5, 2012 by Barry Rosenberg
If you want to create a list of Jazz albums to take to a Desert Island, this should be one of them. Personally, I like this album at night when my guests begin winding down. Read morePublished on February 8, 2012 by Kevin O'Neil
I almost feel sorry for any human being on this planet that has not had a chance yet to listen to this absolutely magnificent work of art. Read morePublished on June 24, 2007 by JoeyD
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