Tony Bennett: Sometimes I'm Happy
Sometimes I'm Happy
Tony Bennett (vocals)
Tony Bennett At Carnegie Hall (Columbia 4882812)
Jack Lesberg (bass), Billy Exiner (drums).
Composed by Clifford Grey, Leo Robin & Vincent Youmans.
Recorded: Carnegie Hall, New York, June 9, 1962
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
FLASH: Tony Bennett scats! True, it's scarcely four bars, but that's the least of what makes this track remarkable. Here's a Ring-a-Ding workhorse at Carnegie Hall just as his all-time biggest hit was breaking (something about forgetting his luggage at SFO). Yet instead of the expected oodles of strings, mountains of floral arrangements and molehills of musicality, Bennett joins a jazz sextet, trading fours with Kenny Burrell and giving solo space to the underappreciated Eddie Costa (whose rattling vibes break up the band if not the house). Tony Bennett is a gas. We sure hope he got his luggage back.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz