Tony Bennett’s ‘Strike Up the Band’

Tony Bennett‘s ‘Strike Up the Band’ is a studio album recorded on January 3 & 5, 1959 with Count Basie and his Orchestra and first released as ‘Basie Swings, Bennett Sings’ the same year by Roulette.

Track Listing : 1.Strike Up The Band (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 01:33 . 2.I Guess I’Ll Have To Change My Plans (Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz) – 01:44 . 3.Chicago (Fred Fisher) – 02:07 . 4.With Plenty Of Money And You (Al Dubin, Harry Warren) – 01:33 . 5.Anything Goes (Cole Porter) – 02:20 . 6.Life Is A Song (Fred E. Ahlert, Joe Young) – 02:49 . 7.I’Ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face (Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe) – 03:02 . 8.Jeepers Creepers (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren) – 02:08 . 9.Growing Pains (Dorothy Fields, Arthur Schwartz) – 03:33 . 10.Poor Little Rich Girl (Noël Coward) – 03:30 . 11.Are You Havin’ Any Fun? (Sammy Fain, Jack Yellen) – 02:42

Musicians : Tony Bennett – Vocals . Ralph Sharon – Piano . The Count Basie Orchestra * Band . Count Basie – Pianist . Thad Jones – Trumpet . Snooky Young – Trumpet . Wendell Culley – Trumpet . Joe Newman – Trumpet . Charlie Fowlkes – Baritone Saxophone . Frank Foster – Tenor Saxophone . Billy Mitchell – Tenor Saxophone . Frank Wess – Alto Saxophone . Marshall Royal – Alto Saxophone . Benny Powell – Trombone . Henry Coker – Trombone . Al Grey – Trombone . Freddie Green – Guitar . Eddie Jones – Bass . Sonny Payne – Drums

Production : Produced By Tony Bennett

Package : Michael Heatley – Liner Notes

Recorded On January 3 & 5, 1959 At Capitol Studios, New York City.

Released In 1959 By Roulette.

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The band raves through tunes like “With Plenty Of Money And You,” and Bennett matches them, drawing strength from the bravura arrangements, while band and singer achieve a knowing tenderness on “Growing Pains.” This is an album well worth owning; just make sure you don’t buy it twice. […]

elchriso @ RateYourMusic
The arrangements are generic big band faire that could have been done by any 50’s crooner music producing shmuck. Yawn. […]

Tony Bennett‘s ‘Strike Up the Band’

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