TONY CORRAO & JOEL ZELNIK
TO BE PERFECTLY FRANK
Tony Corrao and Joel Zelnik reprise songs, many never recorded commercially, in a small band setting. Frank was at the height of his career & vocal talents during the mid 1950’s when he recorded his definitive hard swinging albums with big bands led by Nelson Riddle and Billy May. He seldom appeared and almost never recorded with just a small band backing.
Tony’s vocal treatment reminds us how Sinatra delivered a relaxed though always swinging performance. Joel and his trio capture the accompaniment necessary to propel the vocals front and center.
Tony and Joel bring to life Frank’s laid back swing, and his seemingly effortless ability to create a mood of relaxed cool. They, like Frank Sinatra, can swing hard, and yet swing easy.
TONY BENNETT & BILL EVANS THE LEGENDARY RECORDINGS
This collaboration of Bill Evans & Tony Bennett during 1975 and ‘77, yielded some of the best recordings in the history of jazz.
Tony Bennett had already made a handful of albums in a small jazz combo format, but these were far lesser known than his big chart hits. In 1975, he made what would be his supreme statement in the jazz field, the first of two albums with the remarkable pianist Bill Evans.
Joel and Vocalist Tony Corrao reprise this remarkable collaboration at its finest, by recapturing the virility and expressiveness in these performances. It is a beautiful surprising repertoire – no Gershwin, no Ellington, no blues. They’re mostly songs associated with great female singers: Mabel Mercer and Billie Holiday, as well as Bill Evans’ own “Waltz For Debby” with Gene Lees’ lyrics.