Tony Bennett The Complete Improv Recordings (4-CD)

The Complete Improv Recordings (4-CD)
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Format: CD  (4 Discs)
Item:  COJ 42255

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  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1989
  • Label: Concord Records

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • Buy for $1.291.Life Is Beautiful
  • Buy for $0.992.All Mine
  • Buy for $0.993.Bridges (Travessia)
  • Buy for $0.994.Reflections
  • Buy for $0.995.Experiment
  • Buy for $0.996.This Funny World
  • Buy for $1.297.As Time Goes By
  • Buy for $0.998.I Used to Be Color Blind
  • Buy for $0.999.Lost in the Stars
  • Buy for $0.9910.There'll Be Some Changes Made
  • 11.Cole Porter Medley
  • Buy for $0.9912.There's Always Tomorrow
  • Buy for $0.9913.One
  • Buy for $0.9914.Mr. Magic

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • Buy for $0.991.This Can't Be Love
  • Buy for $1.292.Blue Moon
  • Buy for $0.993.Lady Is a Tramp
  • Buy for $1.294.Lover
  • Buy for $0.995.Manhattan
  • Buy for $0.996.Spring Is Here
  • Buy for $1.297.Have You Met Miss Jones?
  • Buy for $1.298.Isn't It Romantic?
  • Buy for $0.999.Wait Till You See Her
  • Buy for $1.2910.I Could Write a Book
  • Buy for $1.2911.Thou Swell
  • Buy for $1.2912.Most Beautiful Girl in the World
  • Buy for $0.9913.There's a Small Hotel
  • Buy for $0.9914.I've Got Five Dollars
  • Buy for $0.9915.You Took Advantage of Me
  • Buy for $0.9916.I Wish I Were in Love Again
  • Buy for $0.9917.This Funny World
  • Buy for $0.9918.My Heart Stood Still
  • Buy for $1.2919.My Romance
  • Buy for $0.9920.Mountain Greenery
  • Buy for $0.9921.This Can't Be Love (Alternate, Take #1)
  • Buy for $1.2922.I Could Write a Book (Alternate, Take #2)
  • Buy for $0.9923.Thou Swell (Alternate, Take #1)
  • Buy for $0.9924.Most Beautiful Girl in the World (Alternate, Take #4) TRACK: 2
  • Buy for $0.9925.I Wish I Were in Love Again (Alternate, Take #1)
  • Buy for $0.9926.This Funny World (Alternate, Take #3)

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • Buy for $0.991.Bad and the Beautiful
  • Buy for $1.292.Lucky to Be Me
  • Buy for $1.293.Make Someone Happy
  • Buy for $0.994.You're Nearer
  • Buy for $1.295.Child Is Born
  • Buy for $0.996.Two Lonely People
  • Buy for $1.297.You Don't Know What Love Is
  • Buy for $0.998.Maybe September
  • Buy for $0.999.Lonely Girl
  • Buy for $1.2910.You Must Believe in Spring
  • Buy for $1.2911.Who Can I Turn To?
  • Buy for $1.2912.Dream Dancing
  • Buy for $0.9913.Bad and the Beautiful (Alternate, Take #1) (Take) TRACK: 3
  • Buy for $0.9914.Bad and the Beautiful (Alternate, Take #2) (Take)
  • Buy for $0.9915.Make Someone Happy (Alternate, Take #5) (Take)
  • Buy for $0.9916.You're Nearer (Alternate, Take #9) (Take)
  • Buy for $0.9917.Child Is Born (Alternate, Take #2) (Take)
  • Buy for $0.9918.Child Is Born (Alternate, Take #7) (Take)
  • Buy for $0.9919.Two Lonely People (Alternate, Take #5) (Take) TRACK: 3
  • Buy for $0.9920.You Don't Know What Love Is (Alternate, Take #16) (Take)
  • Buy for $0.9921.You Don't Know What Love Is (Alternate, Take #18) (Take)

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • Buy for $0.991.Maybe September (Alternate, Take #5) (Take)
  • Buy for $0.992.Maybe September (Alternate, Take #8) (Take)
  • Buy for $0.993.Lonely Girl (Alternate, Take #1) (Take)
  • Buy for $0.994.You Must Believe in Spring (Alternate, Take #1) (Take) TRACK: 4
  • Buy for $0.995.You Must Believe in Spring (Alternate, Take #4)
  • Buy for $0.996.You Must Believe in Spring (Alternate, Take #6)(Take)
  • Buy for $0.997.Who Can I Turn To?
  • Buy for $0.998.Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise (Instrumental) TRACK: 4
  • Buy for $0.999.Stompin' at the Savoy (Instrumental)
  • Buy for $0.9910.While We're Young
  • Buy for $0.9911.In a Mellow Tone
  • Buy for $0.9912.It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) (Instrumental)
  • Buy for $0.9913.Let's Do It (Instrumental)
  • Buy for $0.9914.'S Wonderful
  • Buy for $0.9915.I Left My Heart in San Francisco
  • 16.Let's Do It
  • 17.S'Wonderful
  • 18.I Left My Heart In San Francisco

Product Description:

Personnel: Tony Bennett (vocals); George Barnes, Wayne Wright, Charlie Byrd (guitar); Herb Hall (clarinet); Spider Martin, Buddy Tate (saxophone); Jimmy McPartland (trumpet, cornet); Ruby Braff (cornet); Vic Dickenson (trombone); Marian McPartland, Torrie Zito, Bill Evans (piano); John Giuffrida, Brian Torff (double bass); Joe Cocuzzo, Chuck Hughes , George Reed (drums).
Liner Note Author: Will Friedwald.
Arranger: Torrie Zito.
For those new to the music of Tony Bennett, Improv was a label started by Tony Bennett and businessman Bill Hassett. Bennett was fed up with the suits at Columbia Records, who were trying to make him sing rock & roll. When his contract expired at the beginning of the 1970s, he and Hassett formed a label to help him realize his aesthetic ambitions, and Improv was born. Bennett recorded five albums for the label between 1975 and 1977 before it went bankrupt. These recordings may not have sold well -- due largely to distribution problems -- but all of them were critically acclaimed. On these sides, Bennett is in awesome company throughout, with talent ranging from Bill Evans and Earl Hines to Ruby Braff to Marian McPartland to Buddy Tate and Charlie Byrd. The albums included here are Tony Bennett Sings 10 Rodgers and Hart Songs, Tony Bennett Sings More Great Rodgers & Hart, Tony Bennett and Bill Evans Together Again (this was the follow-up to the Fantasy set entitled The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album and is easily the better of the two), Life Is Beautiful, and Tony Bennett With the McPartlands and Friends Make Magnificent Music. While the original albums have been issued on CD before, complete sessions have never been available until now. Along with the original LPs are unissued alternate takes, 45s, and even an unreleased tune finished for a particular session but never used. In addition, the album with the McPartlands is here on compact disc for the first time. It should also be noted that this box finally completes the two different Tony Bennett and Bill Evans Together Again CD issues that were released on Rhino and Concord with different material. Collectors will find the box irresistible as much for its fine, if simple, presentation as for the material itself. The liner essay by jazz writer Will Friewald is not only informative about the period and the label, but is exhaustive in its discussion of the recording sessions. This is a reasonably priced multi-disc collection that offers an intimate, up-close view of a restlessly original artist during the biggest gamble of his professional career. ~ Thom Jurek

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  • Sales Rank: 50,351
  • UPC: 013431225522
  • Shipping Weight: 0.58/lbs (approx)
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