As volume 1 of the series "The Jazz Guitar Trio" is recovered a disc recorded 5 years ago by Ximo Tébar: "Hello Mr. Bennett". There are several reasons why this album, the relaxed atmosphere of a jazz club (in this case the infamous Cafe Populart in Madrid), the role of the master of the organ Lou Bennett, and the outstanding presence of the blues (Which opens and closes the disc), a language that few dominate like Ximo and Lou knew its most pure essences.
The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern functions as something of an answer to its predecessor, Cheek to Cheek. That 2014 duet album with Lady Gaga was suitably brassy and snazzy, relying on well-loved standards and pizzazz – the kind of thing designed to stoke nostalgia vibes – but The Silver Lining is a purer jazz record, an intimate songbook collaboration with pianist Bill Charlap; the difference can be heard simply in comparing the versions of "I Won't Dance" that pop up on the two albums – the Gaga swings boldly, the Charlap rendition carries a wry resignation. Songbooks have been a standard item for Bennett throughout the years but if The Silver Lining recalls any specific album in the vocalist's discography, it's The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album, a record released in 1975 when Bennett dropped off the major-label radar…
Brazil has produced some of the most vibrant and exciting guitar music in the instrument's history. In this lesson, Rick Udler discusses and demonstrates styles, techniques, and rhythms of Brazil's great players. This is a unique opportunity for guitarists to delve into the beautiful sounds of this musical land.
This release contains Bennett’s second LP as a leader in its entirety: "Dansez et Rêvez avec le trio Lou Bennett" (RCA Victor 430.051). Presented here for the first time ever on CD, it also marks his first album in a trio format. As a bonus, three tracks have been added showcasing Bennett in a quartet format along with celebrated Belgian guitarist René Thomas, and two more in a trio setting with Jimmy Gourley and Kenny Clarke taped live in Germany. Closing this set are two songs also appearing on CD for the first time ever, which present Bennett in a trio format with Jean-Marie Ingrand and Kenny Clarke. They were only previously issued in 1960 on a long out of print German EP.
Perfectly Frank is just that – a group of covers that came to define Frank Sinatra as a vocal legend. Here, Tony Bennett pays homage to "the Voice" in a way only he can. This massive, 24-track compilation runs through the list of standards that made Sinatra legendary. "Night and Day," "East of the Sun (West of the Moon)," and "The Lady Is a Tramp" are just a few of the tracks that Bennett has managed to bring to life just as beautifully as Sinatra did so many years ago. Backed by his standard group, the Ralph Sharon Trio, he manages to make this collection more and more his own. Instead of simply covering the songs, or trying to emulate Sinatra, Bennett adds his personal touch to each song. This is a tribute to the music, as well as to Sinatra.
Lou Bennett began as a bop pianist, then switched to organ and became a solid player in the late '50s. With Jimmy Smith's virtuostic approach as inspiration, Bennett left piano behind in 1956, and toured the East and Midwest with his organ trio from 1957 through 1959. Bennett left America for Paris in 1960. He recorded there, played at the city's Blue Note club with Jimmy Gourley and fellow expatriate Kenny Clarke, who became one of his regulars alongside Rene Thomas. Bennett made only one return visit to America, appearing at the 1964 Newport Jazz Festival. He led his own group during the '80s.