Monday, 20 March 2017
Tony Bennett is coming to UK during last week of June and the first week of July ... to perform a series of concerts just a month or so before his 91st birthday.
For sheer professionalism and quietly impressive showmanship I rate Tony way ahead of any other performer that I have seen live on stage. [And I've been lucky enough to see many over the years]
As I type this post I am playing my current favourite CD Perfectly Frank Here Tony pays homage to the songs, lyricists and composers that featured in Frank Sinatra's repertoire.
Great stuff for quiet relaxation, a mood accentuated by long time association with accompanist Ralph Sharon and his trio. I was delighted to meet the man at Leeds Castle for US Independence Day concert back in 2000.
This album is a marked contrast to Tony's more raucous and upbeat albums with the Count Basie Orchestra. You can listen to it on You Tube or buy the CD on Ebay [My copy was under a fiver including postage]
What always comes through is his sheer performance professionalism from, sadly, probably the last of the great crooners and exponents of 'The Great American Song Book'.
Posted by Colin at 06:00