Duets II

Say this for the 17 popstars who teamed with the greatest living singer of American popular standards: They're brave. Luckily, Bennett rescues most of his partners. (Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli drip so much goop on their ballads, even Bennett can't mop it up.) Aretha Franklin and Bennett blow the roof off "How Do You Keep the Music Playing." Amy Winehouse reminds us what we've lost in a huskily sensuous "Body and Soul." And Lady Gaga whoops through "The Lady Is a Tramp" with such gusto, you can hear Bennett grinning.

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From The Archives Issue 1140: September 29, 2011