Dennis Bono - Forget to Remember

Dennis Bono - Forget to Remember
Recording Location: Capitol Records, Hollywood, CA; Jilly's; SMS, Las Vegas, NV
Duration: 39:03
Release Date: July 7, 1998
Album: Forget to Remember
Recording Date: 1997
Genre: Vocal
Artist: Dennis Bono

Las Vegas entertainer Dennis Bono cuts his recording teeth on a play list of well-known standards backed by large orchestras of studio musicians conducted by James Steffen, Gordon Goodwin, and Count Basie alumnus, Sammy Nestico. The play list and the singing style immediately betray who was Bono's major influence: none other than the King of Las Vegas, Frank Sinatra. Bono's mannerisms and the arrangements even recall those charted for the master by the likes of Billy May and Nelson Riddle. The debt to Sinatra comes through most on such cuts as "But Not for Me" and "Love Is a Tender Trap." Nonetheless, Bono is no mere imitator. He brings to the vocal table a strong baritone with a good sense of timing and rhythm. No doubt, the man has chops that he applies with both vigor and sensitivity to the tunes he sings. Wisely, Bono has made sure that there is a good balance between slow romantic ballads and up-tempo material.

A very large string section helps create the proper setting for the former, while solid horn playing is the hallmark of the latter. There are credible solos on the CD. Most notable are Stan Stahl's trombone on "As Time Goes By" and John Kaddell's tenor on "Come Rain or Come Shine." Sinatra, Mel Tormé, and Dick Haymes established such high standards in male singing that make it difficult for anyone with similar aspirations to follow.

Yet Bono and others like Peter Marshall perform an important service by keeping this style of singing alive and before the public to remind them just how good it is. Recommended even though there's a lot of unused space on the CD, which features just 40 minutes of music.

Come Rain or Come Shine / Harold Arlen / Johnny MercerDennis Bono4:12
Teach Me Tonight / Sammy Cahn / Gene DePaulDennis Bono2:53
But Not for Me / George Gershwin / Ira GershwinDennis Bono2:31
What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? / Alan Bergman / Marilyn Bergman / Michel LegrandDennis Bono3:21
Night and Day / Cole PorterDennis Bono2:13
Forget to Remember / Victoria Pike / Teddy RandazzoDennis Bono2:55
The Way You Look Tonight / Dorothy Fields / Jerome KernDennis Bono3:49
I'll Only Miss Her When I Think of Her / Sammy Cahn / James Van HeusenDennis Bono3:04
Love Is a Tender Trap / Sammy Cahn / James Van HeusenDennis Bono3:10
As Time Goes By / Herman HupfeldDennis Bono4:18
Time After Time / Sammy Cahn / Jule StyneDennis Bono2:46
The Party's Over / Betty Comden / Adolph Green / Jule StyneDennis Bono3:51