LOVE IS HERE TO STAY!
- By RICH ANDREW
Class. Excellence. Greatness. Proven by 20 Grammys. 60 studio albums. And at 92 years old, no artist in history has remained on the charts longer than Tony Bennett. In 2017, he was awarded the Gershwin Prize, so it’s only fitting that for his latest album, this crooner has paired with contralto Diana Krall to craft a sublime masterpiece that celebrates all things Gershwin.
In capturing that signature sound, Bennett reteams with the Bill Charlap Trio for the perfect recipe for jazz. Band leader Bill Charlap tickles the ivories, serving a playful piano, with Kenny Washington soft on drums and Peter Washington strumming a seductive bass that seeps into the soul.
Every song is an oldie but goodie, but this dynamic duo sells each ditty like a debut. Standards like I Got Rhythm show off the bubbly and vibrant qualities to Bennett’s voice while favorites like They Can’t Take That Away From Me let Krall’s sultry and breathy rasp wrap us up in velvet. I’ve Got A Crush On You is a particular treat since it needs no reinvention — it’s a true time warp back to the days of old glamour, and Bennett caps it with a lovable laugh, coaxing us to smile with him, assuring our Love Is Here To Stay. The whole album makes you want to get dressed to the nines, sip a dry martini from the back of a bar, and fade into jazz.
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