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Sings the Rogers & Hart Songbook

Concord Jazz CCD-2243-2



  1. This Can’t Be Love
  2. Blue Moon
  3. The Lady is a Tramp
  4. Lover
  5. Manhattan
  6. Spring is Here
  7. Have You Met Miss Jones
  8. Isn’t It Romantic
  9. Wait Till You See Her
  10. I Could Write a Book
  11. Thou Swell
  12. The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
  13. There’s a Small Hotel
  14. I’ve Got Five Dollars
  15. You Took Advantage of Me
  16. I Wish I Were in Love Again
  17. This funny World
  18. My Heart Stood Still
  19. My Romance
  20. Mountain Greenery
  21. This Can’t Be Love
  22. I Could Write A Book
  23. Thou Swell
  24. The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
  25. I Wish I Were in Love Again
  26. This Funny World

Tony Bennett – Vocals

Ruby Braff – Cornet

George Barnes – Guitar

Wayne Wright – Guitar

John Giuffrida – Bass

The music on this album was originally on two LP’s from Tony Bennett’s ill-fated label Improv; they were recorded in 1973.

The tune selection cannot be faulted, Rogers and Hart were excellent in both the musical composition and fascinating lyrics departments. This album is a perfect example of both components of their work.

Tony Bennett is one of the finest singers around, great delivery, immediately recognisable; he delivers each song in his wonderful and inimitable style.

The accompaniment is much less to my liking; I have enjoyed Bennett with some excellent Big Bands and also with Ralph Sharon, for a long time his superb MD and pianist. Two guitars and a bass do little for me, in fact the rhythm section is more plodding than swinging and Ruby Braff seems to me very predictable on this album. I have heard him on two jazz festival appearances and he was more interesting than on this record, despite falling out with the rhythm section on both occasions!

Fortunately Tony Bennett never made a bad record and so it was good to hear him sing these wonderful songs, but how much better it would have been with a conventional jazz rhythm section.

Don Mather



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