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On 'Love Is Here To Stay' you get a classy, cosy outing that tames Bennett's belting and boosts Krall's croon / THE STRAITS TIMES

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Singer Tony Bennett is 92 and still going strong. And his "pair with a younger partner/s to reach the younger demographic" strategy has been paying dividends since 2006, when he released his Duets album, so why mess with a winning formula? This full-length album, with an all-Gershwin programme, reunites him with crooner pianist Diana Krall, a mere stripling at 53, with whom he first teamed on 2001's Playin' With My Friends. Add the elegant Bill Charlap Trio and you get a classy, cosy outing that tames Bennett's belting tendencies and boosts Krall's inviting croon to charming effect.

But it is when their voices are tussling in free-form fashion that this album truly shines.

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