As musical marriages go, it’s hard to fathom an odder couple-or a more enchanting one. Fresh from a continent-wide tour, the king of laidback cool and the twangy Canadian chanteuse combine for a sublime salute to Louis Armstrong. With orchestrater Peter Matz setting a mood as soft and inviting as autumn twilight, producer T Bone Burnett does a superlative job of weaving Bennett’s rough vocal magic, casually urbane as Saville Row tweed, with Lang’s gorgeously sculpted sound, soft and rich as buttery suede yet sturdy as rawhide. Their combined appeal does, however, constitute substantially more than mere studio wizardry.
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