You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
~ Abraham Lincoln

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I had heard of the September release of the “Cheek to Cheek” album Tony Bennett had recorded with Lady Gaga, but hadn’t paid further attention to it, thinking it was just a publicity stunt by a has-been and a would-be.

 

But the album started off a flurry of interviews, press conferences, and TV shows in Belgium. There even was a concert on the Brussels Grand Place.

 

So it came about that of an evening, I watched “The Zen of Tony Bennett on TV”. It’s a nice documentary, centered around the recording sessions for a previous album —Duets II—in which Mr. Bennett sings jazz standards with a variety of top notch artists, such as Amy Winehouse, Aretha Franklin, Michael Bublé, John Mayer, etc., to celebrate his eighty-fifth birthday. I liked the movie, mainly for the music, but I didn’t think it was all that interesting, overall. Frankly, Mr. Bennett doesn’t have very much to say, it seems to me.

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