Tony Bennett: Lover
Tony Bennett (vocals)
The Complete Improv Recordings (Concord 42255)
Wayne Wright (guitar), John Giuffrida (bass).
Composed by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart.
Recorded: New York, July 12 or 16, 1973
Rating: 96/100 (learn more)
Finally! After three decades of jazz "Lovers" streaking to shatter the 3-minute mile, Tony Bennett shows what an enchanting love song this was all along, just waiting for a master balladeer to rein in the tempo, lower the volume and try a little tenderness. It's the difference between leading an all-out, bugles-blaring cavalry charge and whispering sweet nothings in the ear. We can't document it, but we'll wager that down through history, strategically placed whispers have conquered more sovereign territory than any cavalry. And if you know a more seductive whisperer than Tony Bennett, please let us know.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz