Tony Bennett’s ‘Playin’ with My Friends: Bennett Sings the Blues’

Tony Bennett‘s ‘Playin’ with My Friends: Bennett Sings the Blues’ is an album recorded with famous other vocalists.and released on November 6, 2001 by Sony Records.

Track Listing : 1.Alright, Okay, You Win (Mayme Watts, Sidney Wyche) – 03:31 . 2.Everyday (I Have The Blues) (Peter Chatman) – 03:38 . 3.Don’T Cry Baby (Saul Bernie, James P. Johnson, Stella Unger) – 02:43 . 4.Good Morning Heartache (Ervin Drake, Dan Fisher, Irene Higginbotham) – 04:56 . 5.Let The Good Times Roll (Fleecie Moore, Lovin’ Sam Theard) – 03:14 . 6.Evenin’ (Mitchell Parish, Harry White) – 04:14 . 7.I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) – 03:55 . 8.Keep The Faith, Baby (Luchi De Jesus, Lila Lerner, Mayme Watts) – 03:51 . 9.Old Count Basie Is Gone (Old Piney Brown Is Gone) (Joe Turner) – 03:24 . 10.Blue And Sentimental (Count Basie, Mack David, Jerry Livingston) – 03:20 . 11.New York State Of Mind (Billy Joel) – 04:30 . 12.Undecided Blues (Jimmy Rushing) – 03:17 . 13.Blues In The Night (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) – 03:33 . 14.Stormy Weather (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) – 04:34 . 15.Playin’ With My Friends (Robert Cray, Dennis Walker) – 04:47

Musicians : Tony Bennett – Vocals . Ray Charles – Vocals On (6) . Natalie Cole – Vocals On (14) . Sheryl Crow – Vocals On (4) . Billy Joel – Vocals On (11) . B.B. King – Vocals On (5) . Diana Krall – Vocals On (1) . K.D. Lang – Vocals On (8) . Bonnie Raitt – Vocals On (7) . Kay Starr – Vocals On (10) . Stevie Wonder – Vocals On (2) . Harry Allen – Saxophone . Ralph Sharon – Piano . Mike Melvoin – Hammond Organ . Gray Sargent – Guitar . Clayton Cameron – Drums . Paul Langosch – Double Bass

Production : Produced By Phil Ramone . Tom Young – Design, Engineer, Monitor Engineer . James Duncan – Engineer . Steve Genewick – Engineer . Charles Paakkari – Engineer . Joel Moss – Engineer, Mixing . Claudius Mittendorfer – Engineer, Mixing Assistant . Ted Jensen – Mastering . Darcy Proper – Mastering . Dae Bennett – Mixing . Brian Dozoretz – Mixing

Package : Josh Cheuse – Art Direction . Arnold Levine – Art Direction . Christy Bush – Photography . Mark Seliger – Photography

Recorded In 2001.

Released On November 6, 2001 By Sony Records.

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MKWillis @ RateYourMusic
Tony Bennett is a wonderful singer but he’s much too smooth and polished to ever be a credible blues singer. This disc then is less about the blues than it is about swinging with his friends in a series of duets. […]

JazzTimes
The album also comes with a gimmicky coda, penned by Robert Cray, that allows Bennett to reintroduce all nine pals. It’s cute in a cloying kind of call-and-response way, but adds little more than renewed appreciation for advances in techno trickery […]

allmusic
There are missteps — Sheryl Crow‘s Billie Holiday impersonation on “Good Morning, Heartache” is unfortunateand Natalie Cole, as usual, sounds out of her depth on “Stormy Weather.” […]

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