The song of the day for Monday, February 10, 2014 is “Speak Low.”
About This Song
“Speak Low” was written for the 1943 musical One Touch of Venus by Kurt Weill and Ogden Nash. It was introduced by Mary Martin and Kenny Baker in the original production. In addition to several very fine Tony Bennett recordings, “Speak Low” has been widely recorded by jazz and popular performers, including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Lena Horne.
About This Version
Today’s version of “Speak Low” is from Tony Bennett’s 1990 album Astoria: Portrait of the Artist. It was orchestrated by Jorge Calandrelli and features the Ralph Sharon Trio, with Paul Langosch on bass and Joe LaBarbera on drums.
Other Bennett recordings of “Speak Low” include ones made in 1959 for To My Wonderful One, 1962 for On The Glory Road, again in 1962 for the concert at Carnegie Hall, 1964 (When Lights Are Low), 1994 (MTV Unplugged), and 2011 with Norah Jones (Duets II).
“Speak Low,” as well as Astoria: Portrait of the Artist, is available from iTunes.