It is said that " there are no longer the stars of the past" and that "there are more kinds " and " all things were made ." But it would be more correct to think of the stage of perpetual revival in which we seem to see us as a precious moment of introspection necessary to move from one era to another ? That, at least , is what emerges from the collaboration between the first superstar of the new millennium , Lady Gaga, and the last crooners of the old world , Tony Bennett , co-authors of one of the disks revelation of the year : Cheek to cheek .
Sixty years of each other - he 88 , she 28 - to join them are the origins and the Italian passion for jazz. Among the oldest and most universal musical genres , jazz is infused with a contemporary sensibility , while always remaining true to himself.
As Bennett after all, a gentleman of another era, 70 discs in assets, the depositary of that ancient tradition of singing which are historical representatives Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. Like other large , Bennett already had a large group of collaborations, many of which are collected in two duets album . In Playing with my friends : Bennett Sings the Blues (2001) alongside R'n'B and jazz icons as Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Billy Joel, BB King and Ray Charles. In Duets II (2011 ), however, his voice the bride Amy Winehouse , Michael Buble , Aretha Franklin , Mariah Carey , Andrea Bocelli and Lady Gaga, of course .
At a charity concert in which both participated Bennett was struck by her voice and personality , but above all by the heat of his audience : how to flattery , admittedly , there is no crooner that bears comparison with a pop icon ! From cocktails backstage at the recording studio , the step was short . The result was The Lady is a Tramp , song of 1937 that makes fun of high society in New York City Fiorello La Guardia. Excited about the duet , Bennett called Gaga a true " jazz lady " . The piece won the favor with audiences and critics , and the two decided to continue the joint venture which led , after several months of operation, with a Cheek to cheek . This is an album of covers of classics drawn from the Great American Songbook, the selection of reference of the most popular folk songs born between Broadway and Hollywood from the twenties to the fifties. The pieces chosen by Bennett and Gaga - Cole Porter , Irving Berlin , Jerome Kern - are humorous duet between man and woman, in alternate phases of courtship. Some were originally composed for Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. " Think of what you 're losing by Constantly Refusing to dance with me ," sings Gaga / Ginger on I will not dance . " My heart will not let my feet do things they Should do ," answered Bennett / Astaire .
The tour (which currently does not have an official schedule , but which has just been announced a grandiose concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London on June 8, 2015,burgundy cocktail dress (http://www.hedy.co.uk/woman/burgundy-cocktail-dresses-h9), ed) was inaugurated by an extraordinary spectacle behind closed doors at Lincoln Center New York , last July. Set in a spectacular twilight by Robert Wilson , minimal as it is mysterious , the pair has performed with an orchestra of thirty-nine elements in front of an audience of art students from different public schools in the city . The choice of this particular audience was born from a desire to educate young people in a form of entertainment that some are not used , because of age and culture, but thanks to Gaga may find it easier to approach . Live and visual material accompanying the disc , the pop star shows off the most secret gifts from changeable and mixes styles and fashions of the past as only she can do , freeing the ghosts of the stars who have made the history of the musical .
On the stage of Lincoln Center we have seen now wrapped in a red leather suit , soulful style seventies, now in the role of a flapper twenties , complete with a headdress of gold filigree , now in long dress , hairstyle half between Siouxsie and Cruella De Vil , strictly in black . Tired image " larger than life" associated with previous collaborations - with artists such as Jeff Koons and Francesco Vezzoli , and fashion designers like Alexander McQueen and Jeremy Scott - Gaga has strongly wanted this record, a distinct phase of his career , when after having a hard time felt the need to search for his identity " mortality " , and the innocence of that Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta is that we never knew .
" When I sing in the studio with Tony my childhood I unfold before your eyes ," he says . " I see all those moments when I sang Ella Fitzgerald , my first love when I was a member of the school jazz band ." The collaborations in the world of music, online cocktail dresses , art and entertainment are a growing phenomenon . Sometimes it is " passes the baton" or mere marketing strategies ; in other cases , as in this work responds to the urgent to explore new creative horizons .
Gaga has found a way in this hard to shake off an image that did not recognize . For Bennett , however, and for us listeners , Cheek to cheek is the evidence that certain phenomena of popular culture , even those made redundant as a lighter , it is worth remembering , and that 's crooner , perhaps more than superstars , today we still need .