Ralph Novak, Chuck Arnold, V.R. PETERSON, and Monica Rizzo
October 23, 2006 12:00 PM

Duets: An American Classic
REVIEWED BY V.R. PETERSON

JAZZ-POP

At 80, Tony Bennett may be America’s most beloved senior crooner, and on this disc he joins forces with such heavyweight singing partners as Billy Joel, Bono, Elton John, Barbra Streisand and Stevie Wonder. But the results of these star-studded pairings are curiously uneven. Cozy, polished bits with traditionalists like Diana Krall delight, and “Are You Havin’ Any Fun?” delivers on an intriguing assist from Elvis Costello. But other combos fail to go beyond style clashes and faux camaraderie to produce a genuine sense of musical magic.

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