Tony Bennett has been hard at work on a new studio album which will serve as the follow-up to his 2006 effort, Duets: An American Classic. The legendary crooner was recording at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles during Grammy week with k.d. lang and Norah Jones, who are only two of the marquee names with whom he's collaborating.
A full announcement is expected in the coming weeks, but according to sources, Bennett has already lined up sessions with Josh Groban
and Michael Bublé
, who'll hit the vocal booth just ahead of his April wedding to Argentinian actress Luisana Loreley Lopilato
. Sheryl Crow
is also in talks to appear on the record.
For Bennett's 2006 compilation, produced by Phil Ramone, Bennett paired up with the likes of Barbra Streisand, Sting and Celine Dion. Ramone returns on this effort, helming sessions in New York, LA and Nashville. The album is part of a larger roll-out which will celebrate Bennett's 85th birthday in August.