The song of the day for Friday, September 1, 2017 is “Let’s Begin.”
About This Song
“Let’s Begin” was written by Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach for the 1933 musical Roberta, which also included many other fine Kern songs, including “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” and “The Touch of Your Hand.”
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Let’s Begin” in 1957 for his second jazz album: The Beat of My Heart. This album featured percussionists from the world over, with Art Blakey on this recording.
The Beat of My Heart was the first album that Ralph Sharon worked on with Tony Bennett, who related this in The Good Life:
Ralph and I wanted to make a jazz statement in a big way, and I came up with the idea of recording an album of standards that put the spotlight on different kinds of rhythm by using all the great jazz drummers I could find. We talked the concept over during our first few months on the road, and gradually it all came together.
“Let’s Begin,” as well as The Beat of My Heart, is available from iTunes.