Tony Bennett Playin' with My Friends: Bennett Sings the Blues

Playin' with My Friends: Bennett Sings the Blues
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  • Released: November 6, 2001
  • Originally Released: 2001
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.

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PLAYIN' WITH MY FRIENDS finds Tony Bennett mixing it up with a broad range of musical veterans and a sprinkling of young turks on this collection whose material primarily draws from the late '40s/early '50s era when the lines between jazz, blues, and pop were blurred. Backed by the stalwarts of the Ralph Sharon quartet, Bennett's easy-going style conjures up an earlier era's definition of cool. The Astoria native takes on the trappings of a saloon singer whether he's flirting with Diana Krall on "Alright, Okay, You Win," commiserating with Ray Charles on the heavy-hearted "Evenin'," or flying solo on Jimmy Rushing's "Undecided Blues".Other collaborators who fare well are Billy Joel (the consistently endearing "New York State Of Mind") and fellow vocal great Kay Starr (a simmering take on Basie's "Blue And Sentimental"). Even when Bennett cuts loose, it's in a cool and collected manner that goes down easy like sipping whiskey. Louis Jordan's "Let The Good Times Roll" comfortably bounces along as fellow septuagenarian B.B. King squeezes off bluesy guitar riffs, and even the normally raucous Robert Cray-penned title track politely chugs along as Bennett's duet guests take turns stepping up to the mike.


  • 1.Alright, Okay, You Win - (featuring Diana Krall)
  • 2.Everyday (I Have the Blues) - (featuring Stevie Wonder)
  • 3.Don't Cry Baby
  • 4.Good Morning, Heartache - (featuring Sheryl Crow)
  • 5.Let the Good Times Roll - (featuring B.B. King)
  • 6.Evenin' - (featuring Ray Charles)
  • 7.I Gotta Right To Sing the Blues - (featuring Bonnie Raitt)
  • 8.Keep the Faith, Baby - (featuring k.d. lang)
  • 9.Old Count Basie is Gone (Old Piney Brown is Gone)
  • 10.Blue and Sentimental - (featuring Kay Starr)
  • 11.New York State of Mind - (featuring Billy Joel)
  • 12.Undecided Blues
  • 13.Blues In the Night
  • 14.Stormy Weather - (featuring Natalie Cole)
  • 15.Playin' With My Friends

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  • Sales Rank: 4,169
  • UPC: 886977393525
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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