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RECORDING: Backgrounder: Tony Bennett – Movie Song Album

As we say goodbye to the late Tony Bennett, let’s listen to one of his favorite Columbia albums—The Movie Song Album. Here’s the song list as well as the arrangers and notable soloists: Song From “The Oscar” (Maybe September) (arr,cond Johnny Mandel) (Lou Levy, piano) Girl Talk (arr,cond Neal Hefti) (Jimmy Rowles, piano) The Gentle Rain (arr,cond Johnny Mandel) (Luiz Bonfá, guitar) Emily (arr,cond Johnny Mandel) The Pawnbroker (arr,cond Quincy Jones) Samba De Orfeu (arr,cond Johnny Mandel) (Luiz Bonfá, guitar) The Shadow Of Your Smile (arr,cond Johnny Mandel) (Jimmy Rowles, piano) Smile (arr Al Cohn; cond Johnny Mandel) (Tommy Flanagan, piano) The Second Time Around (arr Al Cohn; cond Johnny Mandel) Days Of Wine And Roses (arr Larry Wilcox; cond Johnny Mandel) Never Too Late (arr, cond David Rose) The Trolley Song (arr Al Cohn; cond Johnny Mandel) (Zoot Sims, tenor saxophone) The Movie Song Album is one of the LPs that Columbia agreed to let Tony have full control of—from song choices to arrangers and musicians. Here’s Side 1 of Tony Bennett’s The Movie Song Album, without ad interruptions… And here’s Side 2… …

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