Various Artists / Bennett/Brubeck: White House Sessions, Live 1962
Album: Bennett/Brubeck: White House Sessions, Live 1962   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Various Artists   Added:Jul 2013

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Album Review
Be Sharp
Reviewed 2013-10-20

Live performances at the White House by Tony Bennett and Dave Brubeck, separate and together. Beware: most tracks end with long applause, several with spoken remarks.

No FCC issues.

1 Spoken introduction of Dave Brubeck by the event’s MC (0:53)
2 Group’s huge signature piece: slightly faster than original. Desmond plays melody faithfully (little or no improv) though sounds to be a higher key. Brubeck plays an extended bridge. (5:27)
3 Spoken remarks & introduction of the band by Brubeck (1:20)
4 Fast & energetic. Long sax lead, then long piano lead. Clever drumming. (11:10)
5 ** Mid-tempo. Hip, finger-snapping tune. Sax & piano each have fine solos, including a Classical sounding passage at the end. Last full minute is applause & spoken intro of the next tune. (8:25)
6 Fast, peppy, syncopated piano piece. Has a 5 min drum solo (yawn). No sax. (8:50)

Tony Bennet’s set is mostly show tunes plus “I Left My Heart”. Stylishly backed by his rhythm section.
7 Spoken introduction by the MC (0:34)
8 * Mid-tempo, swingin’ take on well-known Jule Styne tune. Tony’s in very fine voice. (1:59)
9 Slow. Sappy, sentimental ballad by Styne & Stephen Sondheim. (3:00)
10 * Mid-tempo. Stirring version of one of Bennett’s classics. Dramatic piano accompaniment. (2:32)
11 * Mid-tempo. “Jazziest” number in this set, with catchy rhythms in both the vocal & piano. (1:17)
12 Mid-tempo. Opens with lame joke about Yale singing-club song. Never improves. (2:45)
13 Slow. Bennet’s signature piece, slower and no better than original. (3:38)

Bennett is accompanied by a Brubeck trio of piano, bass & drums (no sax). I couldn’t help thinking of Bill Murray’s “Nick the lounge singer” routine on Nos. 14 & 15.
14 Very fast. Too fast to fit the song. (1:59)
15 Mid-tempo. Good piano, but Bennett’s vocal is too cute. (2:11)
16 Mid-tempo & real swingin’. Not bad (might have gotten one *), but pick 17 from this set. (3:20)
17 ** Slow then very fast. Jazziest & by far the best number in this set. Bennett’s interpretation is exuberant & expressive. Brubeck’s solo is terrific. Be ready to fade out at about 2:50. (3:29)

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1. Williams, William B. Introduction
2. Brubeck, Dave Quartet Take Five
3. Brubeck, Dave Quartet Band Introduction
4. Brubeck, Dave Quartet Nomad
5. Brubeck, Dave Quartet Thank You (Djiekuje)
6. Brubeck, Dave Quartet Castilian Blues
7. Williams, William B. Introduction
8. Bennett, Tony Just In Time
9. Bennett, Tony Small World
10. Bennett, Tony Make Someone Happy
11. Bennett, Tony Rags To Riches
12. Bennett, Tony One For My Baby
13. Bennett, Tony I Left My Heart In San Francisco
14. Bennett, Tony & Dave Brubeck Lullaby Of Broadway
15. Bennett, Tony & Dave Brubeck Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)
16. Bennett, Tony & Dave Brubeck That Old Black Magic
17. Bennett, Tony & Dave Brubeck There Will Never Be Another You