Sunday, October 11, 2015

CD Review: Tony Bennett Delivers "The Silver Lining" As Nicole Glover Gives Us Her "First Record"

The ageless singing wonder that is Tony Bennett recently released his latest album through RPM/Columbia Records entitled "The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern." This release follows the wildly successful duet album that Bennett recorded with the talented Lady Gaga, which won a Grammy for "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album." His new album has Bennett teaming up with acclaimed jazz pianist Bill Charlap to perform the works of Jerome Kern, who created some of the most important compositions of the 20th century.

The new fourteen-song release begins with "All The Things You Are" as you enjoy the simplicity of just having Bennett's voice amongst a backdrop of Charlap's piano. Then the energy picks up with the wonderful trio of Charlap on piano, Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums in "Pick Yourself Up." But, one of iconic songs in this set is Bennett's vocal delivery of "The Last Time I Saw Paris" as he continues to dazzle in "Long Ago And Far Away." Charlap shares the piano duties with his long-time partner Renee Rosnes on the beautifully elegant "The Song Is You," before picking the tempo back up with the swing of "I'm Old Fashioned." The album finishes with the inspiring rendition of "Look For The Silver Lining," which has Bennett sounding as good as ever. To find out more about Tony Bennett's latest release "The Silver Lining: The Songs Of Jerome Kern," please visit his website at tonybennett.com.

From New York City, via Portland, Oregon, comes the debut album from Nicole Glover titled simply "First Record." It features eight jazz instrumentals with Nicole on sax, George Colligan on piano/trumpet, Jonathan Lakey on bass and Alan Jones on drums. Beginning with the "Water Ritual," you begin to get settled into Nicole's free form jazz world as her performance definitely becomes the main focus of the song. The soothing delivery of "Waning And Waxing" is magical as Nicole's tenor sax and George's piano perform the perfect musical dance. The energy picks up with "Marshmallow" and continues through "String Quartet In F," which teeters on the verge of controlled chaos. The album closes with the gentle sway of the "Tennessee Waltz." To find out more about Nicole Glover and her latest album "First Record," please visit nicoleglover.com.

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