Count Basie & Tony Bennett - Basie Swings, Bennett Sings (1959/1990) [Vocal Jazz, Mainstream Jazz]; FLAC (tracks+.cue)

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Count Basie & Tony Bennett - Basie Swings, Bennett Sings (1959/1990) [Vocal Jazz, Mainstream Jazz]; FLAC (tracks+.cue)

Unread postby Mike1985 » 20 Apr 2018, 12:56

Artist: Count Basie & Tony Bennett
Album: Basie Swings, Bennett Sings
Genre: Vocal Jazz, Mainstream Jazz
Label: Roulette Jazz
Released: 1959/1990
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
  1. Life Is a Song (Ahlert, Young ) - 2:55
  2. With Plenty of Money and You (Dubin, Warren ) - 1:35
  3. Jeepers Creepers (Mercer, Warren ) - 2:09
  4. Are You Havin' Any Fun (Fain, Yellen ) - 2:48
  5. Anything Goes (Porter ) - 2:21
  6. Strike up the Band (Gershwin, Gershwin ) - 1:34
  7. Chicago (Fisher ) - 2:08
  8. I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face (Lerner, Loewe ) - 3:04
  9. Poor Little Rich Girl (Coward ) - 3:33
  10. Growing Pains (Fields, Schwartz ) - 3:36
  11. I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plans (Dietz, Schwartz ) - 1:45
  12. After Supper [#] (Hefti ) - 3:36

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  • Count Basie (piano);
  • Tony Bennett (vocals);
  • Marshall Royal, Frank Wess, Frank Foster, Billy Mitchell, Charles Fowlkes (saxophone);
  • Thad Jones, Snooky Young, Wendell Culley, Joe Newman (trumpet);
  • Henry Coker, Al Grey, Benny Powell (trombone);
  • Ralph Sharon (piano);
  • Freddie Green (guitar);
  • Eddie Jones (bass);
  • Sonny Payne (drums)

The Roulette half of the two Bennett/Basie sessions is a band singer's paradise, with the Basie band caught at a robust and swinging peak and Bennett never sounding happier or looser in front of a microphone. The Count himself, alas, appears on piano only on two numbers ("Life Is a Song" and "Jeepers Creepers"), while Bennett's perennial pianist Ralph Sharon takes over on the remaining ten tracks and does all the charts. Yet Sharon writes idiomatically for the Count's style, whether on frantic rave-ups like "With Plenty of Money and You" and "Strike Up the Band" or relaxed swingers like "Chicago." Though not a jazz singer per se, the flavor of jazz is everywhere in Bennett's voice, which in those days soared like a trumpet. The 1990 CD included an atmospheric unissued Neal Hefti ballad "After Supper," but even this bonus track does little to extend the skimpy playing time (about 31 minutes) of what is still a great, desirable snapshot from American showbiz of the late 1950s.

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