Strike Up the Band (album)

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Strike Up the Band
Basie Swings Bennett Sings2.jpg
Studio album by Tony Bennett and the Count Basie Orchestra
Released May 1959[1]
Recorded January 3 & 5, 1959
Capitol Studios, New York City
Genre Vocal jazz
Length 27:01
Label Roulette
Tony Bennett chronology
Long Ago and Far Away
(1958)Long Ago and Far Away 1958
Strike Up the Band
In Person!
(1959)In Person! 1959
Count Basie Orchestra chronology
Basie and Eckstine, Inc.
(1958) Basie and Eckstine, Inc.1958
Strike Up the Band
(1959) Strike Up the Band1959
In Person!
(1959) In Person!1959
Alternative cover
Basie Swings, Bennett Sings (SR-25072)
Basie Swings, Bennett Sings (SR-25072)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[2]

Strike Up the Band is a 1959 studio album by Tony Bennett with the Count Basie 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.""[3]

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" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 1:33
  2. "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan" (Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz) – 1:44
  3. "Chicago" (Fred Fisher) – 2:07
  4. "With Plenty of Money and You" (Al Dubin, Harry Warren) – 1:33
  5. "Anything Goes" (Cole Porter) – 2:20
  6. "Life Is a Song" (Fred E. Ahlert, Joe Young) – 2:49
Side two
  1. "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" (Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe) – 3:02
  2. "Jeepers Creepers" (Johnny Mercer, Warren) – 2:08
  3. "Growing Pains" (Dorothy Fields, Schwartz) – 3:33
  4. "Poor Little Rich Girl" (Noël 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"


The Count Basie Orchestra: