This release contains the complete original albums Cloud 7 (his first LP ever) and The Beat of My Heart. The latter LP appears here in its entirety for the first time ever on CD. These were Bennett’s first collaborations with renowned jazz artists, playing mostly in small groups and including a who’s who of jazz drummers. As a bonus, we have added four rare tunes originally issued on singles.
TONY BENNETT, vocals on all tracks
Featuring Nat Adderley (tp), Al Cohn (ts), Bobby Jaspar, Herbie Mann (fl), Kai Winding (tb), Eddie Costa (vib), Ralph Sharon (p, arr), John Pisano (g), Chick Wayne (g), Milt Hinton (b), Chico Hamilton, Art Blakey, Jo Jones (d), Candido Camero, “Sabu” Martínez (perc).
“For my money, Tony Bennett is the best singer in the business. He excites me when I watch him. He moves me. He’s the singer who gets across what the composer has in mind, and probably a little more.” FRANK SINATRA (1965)
[1-10] Cloud 7: [2-3 & 5-10] Charles Panely (tp), Dave Schildkraut (as), Caesar DiMauro (ts), Harvey Leonard (p), Chuck Wayne (g), Clyde Lombardi (b), Ed Shaughnessy (d).
New York, August 11 & December 22, 1954.
[1 & 4] Charles Panely (tp), Dave Schildkraut (as), Al Cohn (ts), Gene DiNovi (p), Chuck Wayne (g), Clyde Lombardi (b), Sonny Igoe (d).
New York, August 6, 1954.
[11-22] The Beat Of My Heart (Originally Columbia)
Arrangements by Ralph Sharon [15, 16 & 19] John Pisani (g), Jimmy Bond (b), Chico Hamilton (d).
New York, June 27, 1957.
[11 & 21] Al Cohn (ts), Nat Adderley (tp), Ralph Sharon (p, arr, cond), Milt Hinton (b), Art Blakey (d).
New York, Oct.14, 1957.
[12, 18 & 22] Kai Winding, James Dahl, Robert Alexander, Ziskind Lieb (tb), Eddie Costa (vib), Eddie Safranski (b), Jo Jones (d).
New York, October 21, 1957.
[13-14, 17 & 20] Herbie Mann, Bobby Jaspar, William Slapin, Vincent Vittorio, Spencer Sinatra (flutes), Billy Exiner, Candido Camero, Sabu Martínez (drums).
New York, October 25, 1957.
[23, 25 & 26] Percy Faith (cond, arr) and his Orchestra. N.Y., 1953-56.
 Neal Hefti (cond, arr) and his Orchestra. New York, 1957.
Total Time: 74:11