[JPL] tony bennett at tanglewood

ron-gill at att.net ron-gill at att.net
Wed Jul 22 14:09:05 EDT 2009

On Jul 21, 2009, at 11:27 PM, Tom Reney wrote:

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     A class act all the way, Tom. What we singers strive for.
     But, surprised he did  a date at Tanglewood at this time
     in July. Usually it's classical until September. Am I wrong?
     Ron Gill

> The drive home was even worse than the drive out, but we had to  
> attend Tony Bennett's magnificent concert in the Shed tonight.   
> Gray Sargent, gtr., Lee Musiker, piano, Marshall Wood, bass, Harold  
> Jones, drums, all given generous showcases and playing  
> beautifully.  Jones, who spent years with Count Basie, plays the  
> quietest, hard swinging stick I've ever heard, and was featured on  
> It Don't Mean a Thing.  Gray played 2- to 4-bar quotes from various  
> weather songs all night, Isn't This a Lovely Day, Stormy Weather,  
> etc.  Marshall duoed w Bennett on Speak Low.  I've seen Bennett  
> about 10 times.  He'll turn 83 on 8/3, and he's still so complete,  
> even a lot of dance steps, more than usual, and those amazing  
> pipes.  He sang several ballads with Gray out front playing at the  
> softest level imaginable and still saying so much.  These guys are  
> able to make it a wonderful musical adventure because Bennett  
> himself is so jazz oriented.  He forgot the words mid-way through  
> The Best Is Yet to Come, admitted it, then said to the guys, "Keep  
> going.  You're swinging so much!"  His last recording of Christmas  
> songs with the Basie band showed some decline, but it must have  
> been the day or the date, as he was really strong in this 75 minute  
> show tonight.  Of course, the adoration helps.  There must have  
> been 10 standing ovations, and he returns the applause with  
> vigorous claps of his own toward the crowd and the cats on the  
> band.  He concluded with a spine-tingling How Do You Keep the Music  
> Playing and sustained the song's penultimate word, "never," for  
> about 16 bars.  He took a few bows, but didn't return to sing  
> anything else.
> No one felt cheated.
> Tom
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