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Artists on Recording Techniques by Jeff Touzeau

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23. Tony Bennett: Master of the Mood

Tony Bennett’s contribution to recorded music during the last century is immeasurable. His rare ability to impart a distinctive and instantly recognizable mood to every song he sings has earned the greatest respect of his contemporaries. Not surprisingly, the success Mr. Bennett achieves in the studio has less to do with the equipment being used than with his enduring and seemingly effortless vocal performances.

On his latest album, Duets: An American Classic, which broke the Billboard Top 10 album chart just weeks after his 80th birthday, Bennett shares the mic with many of the world’s most successful pop artists—indeed, every person on the record has made a permanent contribution to the genre. While each ...

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