Personnel: Tony Bennett (vocals); Ralph Sharon (conductor, piano); Ralph Burns (conductor); Chuck Wayne, John Pisano (guitar); Bobby Hackett (ukulele); Spencer Sinatra, Bobby Jasper, Herbie Mann, William J. Slapin, Vincent D. Vittorio (flute); Joe Marsala (clarinet); Al Cohn, Stan Getz (tenor saxophone); Dave Schildkraut, Zoot Sims, Caesar DiMauro (saxophone); Bernie Glow, Carl Severinsen, Jimmy Maxwell, Marky Markowitz, Nat Adderley, Charles Panely (trumpet); William Elton, Wayne Andre, Chauncy Welsch, Dick Hixson (trombone); Herbie Hancock, Harvey Leonard (piano); Milt Hinton, Hal Gaylor, Clyde Lombardi, Ron Carter (bass); Candido Camero (drums, bongo); Elvin Jones, Louis "Sabu" Martinez, Art Blakey (drums).
Count Basie & His Orchestra: Count Basie (conductor); Fred Green (guitar); Chas. B. Fowlkes, Frank Weiss, Frank B. Foster, William Mitchell, Marshall Royal (saxophone); Wendell P. Cully, Joseph Newman, Thaddeus J. Jones, Eugene Young (trumpet); Albert T. Grey, Henry L. Coker, Benjamin Powell (trombone); Edward Jones (bass); Sonny Payne (drums).
Reissue producers: James Isaacs, Joe McEwen.
Includes liner notes by James Isaacs.
2 LPs on 1 CD.
JAZZ is one of the more satisfying Tony Bennett compilations currently available. In this context, "jazz" means no string sections attached, which also means that no familiar Bennett hits will be heard in a collection which spans the years 1954 -1967. Still, the working definition is wide enough to include anything from voice-piano duos to full-band arrangements with room for such bona-fide jazz artists as Stan Getz (featured on four tracks) and Al Cohn.
Bennett's outstanding vocals are the focus however, with special emphasis on the slower numbers. Both the gorgeous "On Green Dolphin Street" and Benny Carter's "When Lights Are Low" are sung deliberately, as if the extra attention will coax heretofore-hidden beauties from these gems. We are also treated to "I'm Through With Love" and "Street Of Dreams" from TONY SINGS FOR TWO, Bennett's lovely "cabaret" album with the inimitable Ralph Sharon.