Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett team up again for a jazz rendition of “You And I.”
It’s no secret that Lady Gaga is a style chameleon, capable of slipping in and out of literally any type of fashion at the drop of a (meat) hat. The above also applies to her music: Gaga, who has collaborated with more than her fair share of venerable music greats (including this performance with The Rolling Stones and her duet with Cher from last year), has reached even further back into the musical cannon with this new jazzy version of her song “You And I,” recorded with inimitable jazz great Tony Bennett.
Listen to Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s “You And I” after the jump.
The swinging, sultry, smoky number isn’t the first time Gaga’s worked with Bennett, either. She also recorded a version of the standard “The Lady Is a Tramp” for Bennett’s Duet’s II album last year. Um, and let’s not forget Bennett’s nude painting of the smoking (literally) diva. Does that count as a collabo?
The new take here, which is a taste of what’s to come the duo’s upcoming jazz album, is an exciting shift away from the country-leaning original. The slowed down, horn-led, brush-stroke approach relocates Gaga’s song from the dusty open roads of the Midwest to a hazy, swaggering lounge of the 1920s. The album, Bennett has said, is “going to really reaffirm that she’s one of the best jazz singers that anyone’s ever heard,” which is high praise indeed, considering the 86-year-old crooner has been around for almost all of them.
+ Listen to Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s “You And I.”
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