Strike Up the Band (album)

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Strike Up the Band
Studio album by Tony Bennett
Released 1959
Recorded January 3 & 5, 1959
Capitol Studios, New York City
Genre Vocal jazz
Length 27:01
Label Roulette
SR-25072
SR-25231
Tony Bennett chronology
Long Ago and Far Away
(1958)
Strike Up the Band
(1959)
In Person!
(1959)
Alternative cover
Basie Swings, Bennett Sings (SR-25072)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]

Strike Up the Band is a 1959 studio album by Tony Bennett with Count Basie and his Orchestra. The album was released at first with the title Basie Swings, Bennett Sings as SR-25072, featuring a different cover and track order.

William Ruhlmann of Allmusic wrote "The band raves through tunes like "With Plenty Of Money And You," and Bennett matches them, drawing strength from the bravura arrangements, while band and singer achieve a knowing tenderness on "Growing Pains.""[2]

Bennett and Basie recorded two albums together in 1959. The other one, In Person!, was released by Bennett's record label, Columbia, while this album was released by Roulette, Basie's label.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Strike Up the Band" (Gershwin, Gershwin) - 1:33
  2. "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plans" (Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz) - 1:44
  3. "Chicago" (Fred Fisher) - 2:07
  4. "With Plenty of Money and You" (Dubin, Warren) - 1:33
  5. "Anything Goes" (Porter) - 2:20
  6. "Life Is a Song" (Fred E. Ahlert, Young) - 2:49
Side two
  1. "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" (Lerner, Loewe) - 3:02
  2. "Jeepers Creepers" (Mercer, Warren) - 2:08
  3. "Growing Pains" (Dorothy Fields, Schwartz) - 3:33
  4. "Poor Little Rich Girl" (Coward) - 3:30
  5. "Are You Havin' Any Fun?" (Sammy Fain, Jack Yellen) - 2:42

The 1990 compact disc reissue included the ballad "After Supper"

Personnel[edit]

The Count Basie Orchestra:

References[edit]