The late-career renaissance continues for Tony Bennett. Even at age 89, the legendary vocalist shows no signs of slowing down. Last year Bennett and Lady Gaga joined forces for standards album “Cheek to Cheek” and he’s teamed up with acclaimed jazz pianist Bill Charlap on “Silver Lining: The Music of Jerome Kern.” It’s match made in heaven with Bennett’s still-smooth vocals getting a boost from Charlap’s flawless work on the keys.
Jerome Kern was a force on Broadway (“Show Boat”) and in Hollywood musicals (“Swing Time”) over the course of career that spanned four decades. “Silver Lining” finds Bennett and Charlap paying tribute to Kern, who died at age 60 in 1945, with stellar renditions of 14 tunes.
Bennett and Charlap score with their readings of “All the Things You Are,” “I Won’t Dance,” “The Last Time I Saw Paris,” “The Song Is You,” “The Way You Look Tonight: and “Nobody Else But Me.” Half the tunes feature Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums, with Renee Rosnes joining in for a trio of piano duets. Highly recommended. (Jeffrey Sisk)