Speakers Corner (Columbia)
180 Gram Vinyl Record
The crooner Tony Bennett fulfilled a lifetime dream with this percussion jazz formation: At last he could go into the studio with the greatest drummers and top-notch jazz musicians and just swing to his heart's content.
Chico Hamilton, Jo Jones, Art Blakey, Candido and Sabu were responsible for the beat while Kai Winding, Herbie Mann, Nat Adderley and Al Cohn took care of the background among other things, and such great musicians as Milt Hinton and Eddie Safranski and John Pisano tied the whole thing together.
The 12 numbers, recorded in four sessions, were arranged by pianist Ralph Sharon in a laid-back and diversified manner and allowed Tony Bennett plenty of room to swing along serenely. Should one recommend a particular title? If the answer is yes, then the 'pure' numbers with Chico Hamilton. And the rest? Yes, the good old jazz evergreens - which, however, sound quite new here. Really one could practically recommend all of them!
To be sure: this is no LP for narrow-minded jazz purists, and certainly not for lovers of the soothing crooner — but why not one for both camps?
Recording: June - October 1957 at CBS 30th Street Studio, New York in mono
Production: Mitch Miller
|Lullaby Of Broadway|
|Let There Be Love|
|Love For Sale|
|Army Air Corps Song|
|The Bear Of My Heart|
|So Beats My Heart For You|
|Blues In The Night|
|Let’s Face The Music And Dance|
|Just One Of Those Things|