Digital Download Harper Audio 2012
DD ISBN 9780062208576 $24.99
Tony Bennett’s philosophical meditations on his well-lived life and stellar career make for a fascinating listening experience. Assuming Bennett’s nearly trademarked cadence, Joe Mantegna provides thoughtful, sincere, and steady tonality and pacing as he evokes both the family memories and career milestones of this iconic Grammy winner. As often happens with memoirs of life lessons, there are more than a few jumps in time. Nonetheless, the listener gains a nuanced and measured understanding of the crooner’s family, musical roots, friends, and less-known interest in painting. Additionally, listeners will learn of career boosters such as Pearl Bailey, Mitch Miller, and Frank Sinatra, among numerous others. Mantegna’s earthy delivery, including a subtle Italian-American “street” intonation, provides insight into a man whose humility and gratitude have helped make him a gift to American culture. W.A.G. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2012]
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