In Person!

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In Person!
Studio album by Tony Bennett with the Count Basie Orchestra
Released Early March 1959[1]
Recorded December 22 & 30, 1958
CBS 30th Street Studio, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 33:55
Label Columbia
CL 1294
CS 8104
Producer Al Ham
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In Person! is a 1959 album by Tony Bennett, accompanied by the Count Basie Orchestra.[2]

The album was originally intended to be a live recording of a November 1958 performance at Philadelphia's Latin Casino, but the mono recording of the concert was disregarded by producer Al Ham who wanted the album recorded in stereo. Bennett and Basie were then reunited in the studio a month later to recreate the live concert. Fake applause was dubbed onto the original release of In Person! by Ham, and placed in incorrect places on the album. The effect was poorly received and removed for the album's 1994 re-issue.[2][3] In his autobiography, The Good Life, Bennett wrote that "I never understood why we didn't release the live version. The whole attempt at fabricating an audience was in bad taste" and that as a result of the experience he had always preferred the second album he recorded with Basie that year, Strike Up the Band.[4]

Basie and Bennett recorded two albums together in 1959; In Person! was released by Bennett's record label, Columbia, and Strike Up the Band was released by Basie's label, Roulette.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [5]

Billboard magazine chose In Person! as one of their "Spotlight Winners of the Week" in March 1960, and wrote that "The drive of the Bennett vocals is excellently paced by the swingin' Basie crew. Tues are nicely paced and varied. It's an exciting set that builds track after track".[6]

Bruce Eder positively reviewed the 1994 re-issue of In Person! for Allmusic, and wrote that "Bennett's sensitively nuanced intonation in the opening of "Pennies from Heaven" is now up close and personal, while the band's beat in the second half of the song is now crisper and more solid than ever. Ralph Sharon, Bennett's usual accompanist, is handling the piano chores (while Basie himself is credited as leader), and his finely articulated playing is also brought out crisply on "Lost in the Stars" and other tracks. It's all worth hearing, and more often than just once—it was records like this, as reconstituted properly for CD, that constituted the absolute golden end of the pop legacy of the late '50s."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Just in Time" (Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jule Styne) - 1:45
  2. "When I Fall in Love" (Edward Heyman, Victor Young) - 2:20
  3. "Taking a Chance on Love" (Vernon Duke, Ted Fetter, John La Touche) - 1:57
  4. "Without a Song" (Edward Eliscu, Billy Rose, Vincent Youmans) - 3:06
  5. "Fascinating Rhythm" (Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) - 1:30
  6. "(In My) Solitude" (Eddie DeLange, Duke Ellington, Irving Mills) - 3:35
  7. "Pennies from Heaven" (Johnny Burke, Arthur Johnston) - 2:33
  8. "Lost in the Stars" (Maxwell Anderson, Kurt Weill) - 4:01
  9. "Firefly" (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh) - 1:39
  10. "There Will Never Be Another You" (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren) - 3:16
  11. "Lullaby of Broadway" (Al Dubin, Warren) - 3:13
  12. "Ol' Man River" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern) - 5:00


The Count Basie Orchestra:

Other credits[edit]

  • Al Ham - producer
  • Didier C. Deutsch - associate producer
  • Al Ham - associate producer
  • Frank Laico - engineer
  • Cliff Morris - engineer
  • Seymour Mednick - photography
  • Kevin Boutote - mastering
  • Bob Burns - contractor


  1. ^ Billboard Mar 23, 1959
  2. ^ a b c In Person! at AllMusic
  3. ^ David Evanier (30 June 2011). All the Things You Are: The Life of Tony Bennett. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 118–. ISBN 978-1-118-03354-8. 
  4. ^ Tony Bennett (7 December 2010). The Good Life: The Autobiography of Tony Bennett. Simon and Schuster. pp. 144–. ISBN 978-1-4516-3499-0. 
  5. ^ In Person! at AllMusic
  6. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (23 March 1959). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. ISSN 0006-2510.