Count Basie / Tony Bennett

Life Is a Song [Synergy]

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The music included here is form 1958 when singer Tony Bennett fronted the Count Basie Orchestra. The title is a bit misleading because Basie himself only appears on two tracks here, the title selection and "Jeepers Creepers." Bennett's own pianist Ralph Sharon executes the rest of the piano duties. Nonetheless it is a fairly swinging date, with some fine moments like "Anything Goes," "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," and "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plans." The sound on all Synergy releases is excellent and so is the price.

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