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Tony Bennett & k.d. lang-A Wonderful World  (RPM/Columbia)

 

Last year's dual tour between old smoothie Bennett and former torch-and-twang gal turned chanteuse lang turned out to be a surprisingly smart pairing.  It has now spawned this album, a tribute to Tony's old pal Louis Armstrong. 

 

While the songs of the scratchy-voiced Satchmo may seem like a strange choice for these two silver-tongued song stylists, it turns out to be an inspired choice.  The two take classic smoochers like "La Vie En Rose," "Exactly Like You" and "A Kiss To Build A Dream On" and if they don't exactly reinvent the wheel with them, they do beautiful, sultry versions together. 

 

Bennett and lang's scrumptious interplay on "Dream A Little Dream Of Me" is the epitome of romance in a way that current singers like Celine Dion or Mariah Carey could never concieve of.  And even the slightly over-exposed classic "What A Wonderful World" feels fresh in the subtly scaled back orchestral take.  Beautiful songs, well sung.  You could do a hell of a lot worse.  (11/02)

 

Jay S. Jacobs

 

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