If you've read the other reviews, you know how sterling of a collaboration this was and is. Interestingly, this wasn't that "huge" of an album idea when it first came out. Bennett was sort of "old" and "Evans" had been (sometimes unfairly) criticized for years for not really stretching out.
So how does this 1975 date hold up in 2003? Very, very, well. Fans of vocal/instrumental collaborations would be hard pressed to find finer male singing than what is on display here. I think the comparison with the classic 1963 John Coltrane/Johnny Hartman date is somewhat appropriate, although I would say that this record is "different" and is in its own way a masterpiece. That's why it rates the full five stars in my book.
I won't even discuss Bill Evans' playing; everybody knows (or should know) what a legend he was and how influential he still is. For me, it's Tony Bennett's singing that stands out. Equal parts tender, and tough, subtle, and mature, equal parts grand yet intimate, this is pretty much Mr. Bennett's best singing. And what a treat it is. Both of these musicians are in fine and once in a blue moon control of their instruments and it's just wonderful to be a part of it.
Whether as evening music or as "homework" for aspiring singers or piano players, this album is a twentieth century benchmark that draws you in and hugs you like a warm fire on a cold and chilly night.