Those expecting some weird culture clash, some cross-generation battle of wills between Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett will be disappointed. "Cheek to Cheek" (Interscope/Columbia) is a straightforward jazz album, gorgeous and well crafted, with Gaga supporting the masterful Bennett at every turn. Perhaps the biggest surprise is how well Mother Monster keeps up with him on classics like "Anything Goes" and "I Won't Dance."
On the title track, their vocals provide the fireworks, Gaga's brassy harmonies punctuating the way a horn session normally would have. But the album's best song, an understated "Don't Wait Too Long," belongs to Bennett.
LADY GAGA AND TONY BENNETT
Cheek to Cheek
THE GRADE A-
BOTTOM LINE Gorgeous, classy jazz standards.