Michael Buble, “Crazy”, with Willie Nelson

by: Adrian Thrills

Over his ten previous albums, Michael Bublé has put his own stamp on a series of jazz standards and big band numbers.

On his new record, Higher, the Canadian entertainer takes things a step further… by inviting two of the original composers of such classic songs along for the ride.

First up, there’s a sublime version of Paul McCartney’s My Valentine, a gem of a ballad from Macca’s 2012 jazz album Kisses On The Bottom. Bublé ropes in the ex-Beatle as a guest producer, and McCartney adds lavish orchestration.

There’s also a duet with Willie Nelson on the country classic Crazy. Written by Nelson, 88, in the Fifties, the song became Patsy Cline’s signature tune, and the new duet is a fascinating contrast in styles.

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