Bennett Sings Of 'Art Of Romance'

Veteran crooner Tony Bennett will release his next studio album, "The Art of Romance," Nov. 9 via RPM Records/Columbia Records.

Veteran crooner Tony Bennett will release his next studio album, "The Art of Romance," Nov. 9 via RPM Records/Columbia Records. The 11-track, Phil Ramone-produced set features the song "All for You," which is a version of the instrumental standard "Nuage" with lyrics newly penned by Bennett.

"I sat down with a piece of paper and the words just flowed out," says the artist, who wrote the lyrics at the suggestion of his son and manager, Danny Bennett. "It was a great experience to be on that side of the musical process."

"The Art of Romance" also includes pieces by Harold Arlen ("Don't Like Goodbyes") and Stephen Sondheim ("Being Alive"). Arrangements on the album were done by Johnny Mandel -- whose collaboration with Alana and Marilyn Bergman "Where Do You Start" was also recorded by Bennett -- and Jorge Calandrelli.

"Tony Bennett is a master of nuance and tone and the songs that he embraced for this project display those aspects of his musical gifts brilliantly," Ramone says. "This is an album that communicates with those in love, out of love and everywhere in-between."

Playing on the set is Bennett's touring quartet (pianist Lee Musiker, bassist Paul Langosch, drummer Clayton Cameron and guitarist Gray Sargent) and a 60- piece orchestra. Saxophonist Phil Woods and conga player Candido Camero make special appearances on the album, which was performed at BergenPAC (formerly the John Harms Theatre) in Englewood, N.J., and recorded in the adjacent Bennett Studios, operated by another of the performer's offspring, son Dae Bennett.

"The first day, as I walked on stage and was surrounded by all these wonderful musicians was a great moment," Tony Bennett says. "It was like falling in love at first sight and that emotion just carried through until we finished making the album."

A tireless performer, Bennett has tour dates scheduled into December, including Oct. 23-24 appearances at the annual Bridge School Benefit Concerts in Mountainview, Calif., with Neil Young, Paul McCartney, Sonic Youth, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and others.

He will also perform for the Oct. 18 gala opening of New York's new Jazz at Lincoln Center complex and play a five-night stand at Lincoln Center's Rose Theatre during the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday week.

Here is "The Art of Romance" track list:

"Close Enough for Love"
"All in Fun"
"Where Do You Start"
"Little Did I Dream"
"I Remember You"
"Time To Smile"
"All for You"
"The Best Man"
"Don't Like Goodbyes"
"Being Alive"
"Gone With the Wind"

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