Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Tony Bennett, Bill Evans|
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
"We just went in there at 2:30 in the morning and went to work," Tony Bennett explains of his two album-length collaborations with pianist Bill Evans. Where their first, originally released in 1975, has long been a favorit... more »
"We just went in there at 2:30 in the morning and went to work," Tony Bennett explains of his two album-length collaborations with pianist Bill Evans. Where their first, originally released in 1975, has long been a favorite CD reissue, the 1977 sequel, Together Again, remained much less recognized. One spin should remedy that. If anything, Together Again is even more resonant than its better known brother. Bennett, so apparently buoyant in most settings, responds to Evans with dignified but undeniably deep soul and voice: even the likes of "Make Someone Happy" and "You're Nearer" seem to entice doubt to the surface. At the same time, "Lucky to Be Me" convincingly tucks ruefulness away. Finally, though, the almost-suite of songs that make up the original LP's side 2 (tracks 6 through 10 on this disc) are as satisfyingly aching as anything, at least, in Bennett's catalog. Without reservation, this masterful work must be counted among both men's essential recordings. --Rickey Wright
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RH Smith | MN | 11/27/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A simple poignant collection of wonderful songs. This is right up there with Ella and Joe Pass collaboration."
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I listened to this CD the first time, my reaction was that the first Tony Bennett/Bill Evans album was better. But after several listenings, I've come to the conclusion that Together Again is at least as good as the first TB/BE collaboration. I especially like the alternate takes; indeed, I wonder why some of the alternate takes are alternate! The alternate rendition of "The Two Lonely People" is particularly moving -- I think Tony captures the meaning of the lyric a little more convincingly on the alternate take than he does on the final take. Tony and Bill's rendition of "You Must Believe in Spring" -- a Michel Legrand-written masterpiece -- is a treasure. That song alone is worth the price of the whole CD. In short, this release is a must-have. Get it and enjoy it for a long, long time."
It doesn't get any better than this!
Peter Dick | Toronto, Canada | 12/20/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Having been in love with the first Bill Evans/Tony Bennett collaboration for years, I have been frustrated by the fact that this 2nd project has been unavailable for so long. What a thrill that it has been re-released, and with bonus tracks and alternate takes making it twice the length of the original. The quality of Tony Bennett's instrument has never been more evident than in these raw, brave duets with Bill Evans. There is subtlety and maturity in spades as both are such consumate and experienced artists who had nothing to prove. This CD is exquisite from first to last, with a superb selection of unusual songs, including Evan's own remarkable tune, The Two Lonely People, but it is the version of You Must Believe In Spring which is so sumptuous and delicate as to produce goosebumps for this listener. If you're a fan of either Bennett or Evans, this CD is essential. Manna from heaven."