Tuesday, November 24, 2015
A Great CD From An Unlikely Duo
I received an early Christmas present yesterday from some old friends. It is the newly released CD "Cheek to Cheek" by the unlikely (to me, anyway) duo of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, and let me tell you, it is one terrific album. Yes, I still call them albums! As you can see from the play list above, it is a collection of standards from Cole Porter to Duke Ellington to Sonny Bono.
Tony Bennett is 89 years old and has released over 70 albums (there's that word again) in a career that began during the Harry Truman Administration. Listen to him on this CD and he sounds as smooth and good as ever.
As for Lady Gaga, if you think that she is nothing but a gimmicky pop singer getting by with outrageous costumes and too many tattoos, think again. If her performance on last year's Academy Awards show didn't convince you that she is a terrific and serious musical talent, then listening to this CD certainly will. If you think "Ella Fitzgerald" as you listen to the tunes on "Cheek to Cheek", you would not be off base.
Pop this into your car CD player or plug in your iPod earbuds and enjoy some real listening pleasure.