Astoria: Portrait of the Artist

Astoria: Portrait of the Artist

by Tony BennettTony Bennett


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Like The Art of Excellence, the album that marked Tony Bennett's return to recording in 1986, Astoria: Portrait of the Artist was a non-thematic collection of new and old songs on which Bennett was backed both by his regular trio, led by pianist Ralph Sharon, and the U.K. Orchestra. Bennett's new songwriting discovery was Charles DeForest, three of whose songs -- "When Do the Bells Ring for Me," "Where Do You Go from Love," and "I've Come Home Again" -- were included, along with songs by the Gershwins and Jerome Kern, standards like "Body and Soul," and even a re-recording of Bennett's initial Columbia recording, "The Boulevard of Broken Dreams." That recording had come in 1950, and the point of Astoria (which featured a cover photo of the young Bennett in the old neighborhood, with Bennett today standing in the same spot on the back) was to celebrate that 40-year anniversary while looking into both the past and the future, a task it accomplished admirably.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/28/2013
Label: Sony Mod
UPC: 0886979838123
catalogNumber: 98381
Rank: 117179

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony Bennett   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ralph Sharon   Piano
Jorge Calandrelli   Conductor
Joe La Barbera   Drums
Paul Langosch   Bass

Technical Credits

Ralph Sharon   Contributor
Buddy Weed   Composer
Danny Bennett   Producer
Jorge Calandrelli   Arranger
Mack Gordon   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Dick Lewzey   Engineer
Harry Warren   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Josephine DiDonato   Art Direction
Robert Sour   Composer
Frank Eyton   Composer
Charles DeForest   Composer
John M. Elliott   Composer
Ben Rizzi   Engineer

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