Tony Bennett: Steppin' Out With My Baby
Steppin' Out With My Baby
Tony Bennett (vocals)
MTV Unplugged (Sony 4546)
Tony Bennett (vocals),
Ralph Sharon (piano), Doug Richeson (bass), Clayton Cameron (drums).
Composed by Irving Berlin.
Recorded: New York, April 12, 1994
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
Among the stars slouching through the first four seasons of MTV Unplugged—the popular cable series where normally amplified rock or rap artists performed all-acoustic sets—were 10,000 Maniacs, Aerosmith, LL Cool J, Pearl Jam and Nirvana. Naturally the fifth season would include Tony Bennett. SAY WHAT? You know, Tony Bennett, the crooner who left his heart in San Francisco (1962). His strictly acoustic and stylish black-&-white "Steppin' Out With My Baby" video (1993) scored in MTV rotation, so why not give the kid a shot? At 67, the jazzy, snazzy Bennett was out of place, but delightfully in step.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz