Tony Bennett has recorded this song only once.
|Tony Bennett at Carnegie Hall with Ralph Sharon and His Orchestra. Produced by Ernie Altschuler.
I love this song. I love this arrangement. I love the way Tony Bennett sings this song.
The song has the sensitive lyrics that we have come to associate with Oscar Hammerstein with the sophisticated music of Jerome Kern. A heady combination for me. It’s a lovely tune that I’ve heard many times, but this version knocks me dead in my tracks every time I hear it.
This is the third song in the 1962 Carnegie Hall concert, which opened with Lullaby of Broadway (uptempo, full orchestra), followed by Just In Time (mid-tempo, swingy with with a fun call and response between the brass and reed sections).
And then comes this soft and perfectly phrased ballad. First of all, he sings the verse. One of the many reasons I love to listen to Tony Bennett sing is that he so often sings the verse. In this song, the chorus is even more moving because of the verse. The arrangement supports the singer and let him glide. The song is perfectly phrased and each note is a perfect moment. The performance is personal and intimate. The listener can feel the audience collectively holding its breath. As do I when I listen.
A beautiful song. You can listen to it here. The guitar work by Kenny Burrell is lovely.
Wikipedia has a very good article about this song.
All The Things You Are
This song was written in 1939 for the musical Very Warm for May.
Music: Jerome Kern
Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
Time and again I longed for adventure,
Something to make my heart beat the faster.
What did I long for? I never really knew.
Finding your love I found my adventure,
Touching your hand, my heart beats the faster,
All that I want in all of this world is
You are the promised kiss of springtime
That makes the lonely winter seem long.
You are the breathless hush of evening
That lingers on the brink of a lovely song.
You are the angel glow that lights a star,
The dearest things I know are what you are.
Some day my happy arms will hold you,
And some day I’ll know that moment divine,
When all the things you are, are mine!