Basie Swings, Bennett Sings

Basie-bennett

 

With all the resent buzz around Tony Bennett teaming with Lady Gaga, I thought I would post one of several Bennett collaborations. This one, although short (only 31 minutes long) I happen to think is exceptional! In 1959 Tony Bennett joined up with Count Basie’s band to record several now considered jazz standards like Cole Porter’s Anything Goes, Chicago and George and Ira’s Strike up the Band just to name a few. Though not considered a jazz singer per se, Bennett’s voice “soars like a trumpet” powerful, loose and sanguine. The Basie band was in full swing here, and so was the young and upcoming singer. Basie Swings, Bennett Sings! Enjoy.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *