BREAKING: Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga's 'Cheek To Cheek' Gets 9/23 Release Date; Check Out Album Art!
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The long-awaited collaborative jazz album from Lady Gagaand Tony Bennett,Cheek To Cheek, will be released on Streamline/Columbia/Interscope Records on Tuesday, September 23. The first taste of this new music isthe classic Cole Porter song, "Anything Goes", available today on iTunes (iTunes.com/CheekToCheek) and other digital retailers. An accompanying studio video featuring "Anything Goes" and footage from therecording sessions and moments during the making of Cheek to Cheek is currently available on YouTube and VEVO. Cheek to Cheek represents a collaboration between two legendary musical artists spanning the generations to celebrate jazz music.
Cheek To Cheek features classic jazz standards sung by Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett in a combination of vocal duets and solo performances.Each song was handpicked by the artists, and the album features classic selections from the Great American Songbook including "Anything Goes," "It Don't Mean A Thing (If ItAin't Got That Swing)," "Sophisticated Lady," "Lush Life," and the record's title track, "Cheek To Cheek." Recorded in New York City, the record took over a year to complete and features jazz musicians associated with both artists including members of Bennett's quartet, Mike Renzi, Gray Sargent,Harold Jones and Marshall Wood as well pianist Tom Lanier.Jazz trumpeter Brian Newman, along-time friend and colleague of Lady Gaga appears on the album as well with his NYC based jazz quintet. Jazz soloists on selected tracks include tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano and flutist Paul Horn, who passed away earlier this month.
Of this new project Lady Gaga commented, "Cheek To Cheek came out of a very organic friendship and relationship that Tony and I have built over the years and it truly was a collaborative effort. It was important to Tony that this was a jazz record. I've been singing jazz since I was a child and really wanted to show the authentic side of the genre. We made an album of jazz classics, but it has a modern twist."