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Tony Bennett On World Cafe | December 6, 2011

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With more than 70 albums and 15 Grammys to his name, Tony Bennett is not just a staple of contemporary jazz music — he's a legend. His signature sound has evolved into just the right mix of jazz and pop, influenced by greats such as Al Jolson and Louis Armstrong. Bennett's work appeals to all ages and walks of life, as he honors the Great American Songbook while demonstrating his interest in new generations of young artists.

This is true of Bennett's latest album, Duets II, which features collaborations with a remarkable assortment of popular musicians, including Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Queen Latifah, k.d. lang and many more. On today's installment of World Cafe, Bennett discusses his history of working with great performers.(link)

Playlist

Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

Local Natives "Sun Hands" Gorilla Manor
Leonard Cohen "Show Me the Place" Old Ideas
Bjork "It's Oh So Quiet" Post

((Tony Bennett "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" Duets II))

Tony Bennett "Body and Soul" Duets II
Tony Bennett "One for My Baby (And One More For the Road)" Duets II
Tony Bennett "Blue Velvet" Duets II

((Tony Bennett "On The Sunny Side Of The Street" Duets II))

Ry Cooder "Humpty Dumpty World" Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down
Lissie "Games People Play" Covered Up With Flowers
Craig Finn "Honolulu Blues" Clear Hearts Full Eyes

Hour 2

The Pretenders "Time the Avenger" Learning to Crawl
The Black Keys "Run Right Back" El Camino
T Rex "Hot Love" Hits
Dum Dum Girls "Bedroom Eyes" Once In Dreams
The Raspberries "Go All the Way" The Capitol Collectors Series

((Daft Punk "Around The World" Homework))

The Front Bottoms "Maps" The Front Bottoms
MGMT "Electric Feel" Oracular Spectacular
Deer Tick "Miss K." Divine Providence
Cracker "Satisfy You" Cracker

((Bright Eyes "I Got A Reason" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

The Head & the Heart "Down in the Valley" The Head & the Heart
Mumford & Sons "The Cave" Sigh No More
Elvis Costello "Angels Wanna (Wear My Red Shoes)" My Aim Is True
Graham Parker "Soul Shoes" Howlin' Wind
The Rolling Stones "Under My Thumb" Forty Licks

((Black Joe Lewis "Master Sold My Baby" Tell 'Em What Your Name Is!))