What an amazing career Tony Bennett has had! From his days as a young crooner to his glory years in the spotlight as Sinatra’s hit-making heir apparent to his amazing comeback in the 1990s, Bennett has always represented the best in American popular singing. The Essential brings together his signature tunes and amends this treasure trove with select tracks from his more recent albums. Bennett could always put his own spin on any kind of material; here we find him spinning vocal gold with everything from Hank Williams’s “Cold, Cold Heart,” to Cole Porter’s “Night and Day,” Stevie Wonder’s “For Once in My Life” to Duke Ellington’s “Mood Indigo.” The secret of Bennett’s success quickly becomes clear as we hear him bringing the same kind of quality and conviction to each and every song. The set concludes with Bennett’s rousing duet with k. d. lang, “Keep the Faith Baby,” a sentiment that could stand as Bennett’s motto. He stayed true to the music, and the music ultimately paid him back in full.