Tony Bennett’s ‘Duets II’ is an album recorded with seventeen very famous guests and released on September 20, 2011 by Columbia.
Track listing : 1.The Lady Is a Tramp (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 03:18 . 2.One for My Baby (and One More for the Road) (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) – 02:58 . 3.Body and Soul (Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton, Johnny Green) – 03:23 . 4.Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (Duke Ellington, Bob Russell) – 02:42 . 5.Blue Velvet (Bernie Wayne, Lee Morris) – 04:35 . 6.How Do You Keep the Music Playing (Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Michel Legrand) – 05:29 . 7.The Girl I Love (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 03:53 . 8.On the Sunny Side of the Street (Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields) – 02:57 . 9.Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) (Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse) – 03:53 . 10.Speak Low (Kurt Weill, Ogden Nash) – 03:56 . 11.This Is All I Ask (Gordon Jenkins) – 04:36 . 12.Watch What Happens (Norman Gimbel, Michel Legrand) – 02:10 . 13.Stranger in Paradise (Robert Wright, George Forrest, Alexander Borodin) – 05:03 . 14.The Way You Look Tonight (Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields) – 03:55 . 15.Yesterday I Heard the Rain (Canache Armando Manzanero, Gene Lees) – 03:44 . 16.It Had to Be You (Isham Jones, Gus Kahn) – 03:51 . 17.When Do the Bells Ring for Me (Charles DeForest) – 02:52 .
Musicians : Tony Bennett – Vocals . Lady Gaga – Vocals on (1) . John Mayer – Vocals on (2) . Amy Winehouse – Vocals on (3) . Michael Bublé – Vocals on (4) . k)d) lang – Vocals on (5) . Aretha Franklin – Vocals on (6) . Sheryl Crow – Vocals on (7) . Willie Nelson – Vocals on (8) . Queen Latifah – Vocals on (9) . Norah Jones – Vocals on (10) . Josh Groban – Vocals on (11) . Natalie Cole – Vocals on (12) . Andrea Bocelli – Vocals on (13) . Faith Hill – Vocals on (14) . Alejandro Sanz – Vocals on (15) . Carrie Underwood – Vocals on (16) . Mariah Carey – Vocals on (17) . Lee Musiker – Piano . Gray Sargent – Guitar . Grace Paradise – Harp . Erik Charlston – Percussion . Gordon Gottlieb – Percussion . Ben Herman – Percussion . Harold Jones – Drums . Tim Cobb – Bass . David Finck – Bass . Marshall Wood – Bass . Marc Goldberg – Bassoon . Charles Pillow – Clarinet, Clarinet (Bass) . Katherine Fink – Flute, Piccolo . Pamela Sklar – Flute, Piccolo . Bob Carlisle – French Horn . Barbara Jostlein – French Horn . Thomas Jostlein – French Horn . Philip Myers – French Horn . Ann Scherer – French Horn . Diane Lesser – Oboe . Lawrence Feldman – Sax (Alto) . Lou Marini – Sax (Alto) . Dave Mann – Sax (Alto), Sax (Tenor) . Ronald Janelli – Sax (Baritone) . Roger Rosenberg – Sax (Baritone) . Mark Phaneuf – Sax (Tenor) . Charlie Pillow – Sax (Tenor) . Andy Snitzer – Sax (Tenor) . Arturo Sandoval – Trumpet . George Flynn – Trombone (Bass) . Mike Davis – Trombone (Tenor) . Larry Farrell – Trombone (Tenor) . Keith O’Quinn – Trombone (Tenor) . Bud Burridge – Trumpet . Tony Kadleck – Trumpet . Bob Millikan – Trumpet . John Owens – Trumpet . Diane Barere – Celli . Stephanie Cummins – Celli . Dave Eggar – Celli . Jeanne LeBlanc – Celli . Richard Locker – Celli . Ellen Westermann – Celli . Adrian Benjamin – Viola . Karen Dreyfus – Viola . Desiree Elsevier – Viola . Monica Gerard – Viola . David Gold – Viola . Vincent Lionti – Viola . Todd Low – Viola . Craig Mumm – Viola . Alissa Smith – Viola . Judy Witmer – Viola . Elena Barere – Violin . Avril Brown – Violin . Sean Carney – Violin . Jonathan Dinklage – Violin . Shirien Taylor Donahue – Violin . Cornelius Dufallo – Violin . Sanguen Eanet – Violin . Katherine Fong – Violin . Karen Karlsrud – Violin . Yoon Kwon – Violin . Ann Leathers – Violin . Matthew Lehmann – Violin . Liz Lim-Dutton – Violin . Katherine Livolsi – Violin . Laura McGinnis – Violin . Ming Feng Hsin – Violin . Yurika Mok – Violin . Lorenza Ponce – Violin . Carol Pool – Violin . Wen Qian – Violin . Catherine Sim – Violin . Entcho Todorov – Violin . Una Tone – Violin . Yuri Vodovoz – Violin . Nancy Wu – Violin . Xiao-Done Wang – Violin .
Production Produced by Phil Ramone, Dae Bennett . Jorge Calandrelli – Arranger, Conductor . Marion Evans – Arranger, Conductor . Dustin Higgins – Engineer . Dae Bennett – Engineer, Mixing, Producer . Adam Bancroft – Assistant Engineer . Brian Chirlo – Assistant Engineer . Nicholas Essig – Assistant Engineer . Alessandro Perrotta – Assistant Engineer . Bob Ludwig – Mastering .
Package : Josh Cheuse – Art Direction, Photography . Kelsey Bennett – Photography .
Recorded in 2011 .
Released on September 20, 2011 by Columbia.
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