Tony Bennett: Sings Ellington Hot And Cool
The Ellington Canon Bennett mixes it up with well-represented pieces (“Sophisticated Lady”, “Prelude To A Kiss”) and those not so well represented (“Azure”, “Day Dream”). Arrangers Ralph Burns and Jorge Calandrelli cloth all of these pieces in appropriate settings: rhythm section alone, rhythm section with strings, big band, all to great effect. Bennett’s instrument is in mature fine form. He caresses and croons, sings and cries out in joy. It is with obvious joy that he sings this Ellingtonia, taking the blandest lyrics and making them sound as if written by Keats.
Gary Sargent’s guitar looms large on the sonic landscape, showing up in several solos. Wynton Marsalis shows up out of his busy schedule to provide some succinct soloing. Al Gray’s trombone and Joel Smirnoff’s violin also make serious contributions. But the leader of the band is Bennett. Classy, urbane, gentle, Bennett is today the finest male singer. Bravo.
Track Listing: Do Nothing
Personnel: Tony Bennett: Vocals; Ralph Sharon: Piano; Gary Sargent: Guitar; Raul Langosch: Bass; Clayton Cameron: Drums; Wynton Marsalis: Trumpet; Al Grey: Trombone; Joel Smirnoff: Violin; Ralph Burns, Jorge Calandrelli, Arranger/conductor.
Record Label: RPM