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Album: Playin' with My Friends: Bennett Sings the Blues
# Song Title   Time
1)    Alright, Okay, You Win - (featuring Diana Krall)
2)    Everyday (I Have the Blues) - (featuring Stevie Wonder)
3)    Don't Cry Baby
4)    Good Morning, Heartache - (featuring Sheryl Crow)
5)    Let the Good Times Roll - (featuring B.B. King)
6)    Evenin' - (featuring Ray Charles)
7)    I Gotta Right To Sing the Blues - (featuring Bonnie Raitt)
8)    Keep the Faith, Baby - (featuring k.d. lang)
9)    Old Count Basie is Gone (Old Piney Brown is Gone)
10)    Blue and Sentimental - (featuring Kay Starr)
11)    New York State of Mind - (featuring Billy Joel)
12)    Undecided Blues
13)    Blues In the Night
14)    Stormy Weather - (featuring Natalie Cole)
15)    Playin' With My Friends
 

Album: Playin' with My Friends: Bennett Sings the Blues
# Song Title   Time
1)    Alright, Okay, You Win - (featuring Diana Krall)
2)    Everyday (I Have the Blues) - (featuring Stevie Wonder)
3)    Don't Cry Baby
4)    Good Morning, Heartache - (featuring Sheryl Crow)
5)    Let the Good Times Roll - (featuring B.B. King)
6)    Evenin' - (featuring Ray Charles)
7)    I Gotta Right To Sing the Blues - (featuring Bonnie Raitt)
8)    Keep the Faith, Baby - (featuring k.d. lang)
9)    Old Count Basie is Gone (Old Piney Brown is Gone)
10)    Blue and Sentimental - (featuring Kay Starr)
11)    New York State of Mind - (featuring Billy Joel)
12)    Undecided Blues
13)    Blues In the Night
14)    Stormy Weather - (featuring Natalie Cole)
15)    Playin' With My Friends
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel includes: Tony Bennett (vocals); B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt (vocals, guitar); Stevie Wonder (vocals, harmonica); Diana Krall, Sheryl Crow, Ray Charles, k.d. lang, Kay Starr, Billy Joel, Natalie Cole (vocals).
  • The Ralph Sharon Quartet: Ralph Sharon (piano); Gray Sargent (guitar); Paul Langosch (bass); Clayton Cameron (drums).
  • Recorded in Los Angeles, California and New York, New York.
  • PLAYIN' WITH MY FRIENDS won the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.
  • "New York State Of Mind" was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals.
  • This is a multi-channel Super Audio CD playable only on Super Audio CD players.
  • Personnel includes: Tony Bennett (vocals); B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt (vocals,
  • guitar); Stevie Wonder (vocals, harmonica); Diana Krall, Sheryl Crow, Ray
  • Charles, k.d. lang, Kay Starr, Billy Joel, Natalie Cole (vocals).
  • The Ralph Sharon Quartet: Ralph Sharon (piano); Gray Sargent (guitar); Paul
  • Langosch (bass); Clayton Cameron (drums).
  • Recorded in Los Angeles, California and New York, New York.
  • PLAYIN' WITH MY FRIENDS won the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.
  • "New York State Of Mind" was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Pop
  • Collaboration With Vocals.
  • Personnel: Gray Sargent (guitar); Harry Allen (saxophone); Ralph Sharon (piano); Mike Melvoin (Hammond b-3 organ); Clayton Cameron (drums).
  • Audio Mixer: Joel Moss .
  • Recording information: Capitol studios, Los Angeles, CA; Hit Factory, New York, NY.
  • Photographers: Mark Seliger; Christy Bush.
  • PLAYIN' WITH MY FRIENDS finds Tony Bennett mixing it up with a broad range of musical veterans and a sprinkling of young turks on this collection whose material primarily draws from the late '40s/early '50s era when the lines between jazz, blues, and pop were blurred. Backed by the stalwarts of the Ralph Sharon quartet, Bennett's easy-going style conjures up an earlier era's definition of cool. The Astoria native takes on the trappings of a saloon singer whether he's flirting with Diana Krall on "Alright, Okay, You Win," commiserating with Ray Charles on the heavy-hearted "Evenin'," or flying solo on Jimmy Rushing's "Undecided Blues".
  • Other collaborators who fare well are Billy Joel (the consistently endearing "New York State Of Mind") and fellow vocal great Kay Starr (a simmering take on Basie's "Blue And Sentimental"). Even when Bennett cuts loose, it's in a cool and collected manner that goes down easy like sipping whiskey. Louis Jordan's "Let The Good Times Roll" comfortably bounces along as fellow septuagenarian B.B. King squeezes off bluesy guitar riffs, and even the normally raucous Robert Cray-penned title track politely chugs along as Bennett's duet guests take turns stepping up to the mike.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (12/13/01, p.150) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A classy, sweet-natured diversion..."

Entertainment Weekly (11/16/01, p.173) - "...Bennett exhibits the good-natured exuberance and easy-as-pie swing that get him through any vocal occasion with high style..." - Rating: B+

Down Beat (2/02, p.55) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...An album of easy and relaxed duets..."

JazzTimes (4/2002, p.79) - "...[He's] lost none of the raw energy and gut-level integrity that have defined his work....sings the blues with nine 'friends'..."

Mojo (Publisher) (1/02, p.94) - "...Tony Bennett still has time to make his mark untrammelled by comparison...this...[album] suggest[s] he's ready to rend the restictive suitings of suave musical couture..."
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