The Song of the Day for August 7, 2012, is the lovely Watch What Happens written by Michel Legrand (music), with English lyrics by Norman Gimbel and French lyrics by Jacques Demy, from the 1964 film The Umbrellas of Cherbourgh. Tony first recorded this song in 1965 for If Ruled The World: Songs For the Jet Set.
Today, we feature a version from an Improv album: Tony Bennett/The McPartlands and Friends Make Wonderful Music, recorded live at the Statler Hilton in Buffalo, NY on May 13, 1977. The musicians on this album are the best. In addition to Tony’s usual trio of Torrie Zito (piano, musical direction), John Giuffrida (guitar), and Joe Cocuzzo (drums), this performance features Marian McPartland (piano), Jimmy McPartland (cornet, trumpet), George Reed (drums), Brian Torff (bass), Vic Dickenson (trombone), Herb Hall (clarinet), Spider Martin (saxophone), Buddy Tate (saxophone) and Charlie Byrd (guitar).
Have a listen … and watch what happens.