Tony Bennett: Duets II – review

(Columbia)

Coinciding with his turning 85, Bennett's latest sounds like a fantasy birthday party in full swing, one where an outrageously starry array of guests share the mic with a host as twinkling as ever. Soaked in old-world schmaltz, its treats include a hilariously spirited version of "The Lady is a Tramp" with Lady Gaga in wisecracking dame mode. The centrepiece, though, is a version of "Body and Soul", Amy Winehouse's last recording. The poignancy of her singing: "It looks like the ending/ Unless I could have one more chance before I die" is almost too much.

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