The album is due out in standard and deluxe editions on September 23rd, with an official video for “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love" set for release later this week.
The collaborative album has been long in the works. Bennett first heard Gaga sing a jazz song, Nat King Cole’s “Orange Colored Sky,” in 2011, after which he asked her to appear on a recording of “The Lady Is a Tramp” on his Duet II album, which came out later that year.
Now the group has prepared ‘Cheek to Cheek’, which compiles songs from the great American songbook, including tunes written or co-written by Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington and Jimmy Van Heusen, among others. Among them is Bennett’s favorite Gaga performance, “Lush Life,” which she performs solo on the album. “It’s pretty special,” Bennett said of the performance in July.
"It’s all the great songs of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, all the greatest composers," Bennett told Rolling Stone. “No other country has ever given the rest of the world so many magnificent songs, and they’re going to live forever. Wait ‘til you find out when she sings those songs.”
The singers also filmed a PBS special, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live!, which will air on Great Performances on October 24th at 9 p.m. EST. It features the vocalists’ performances at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City at a concert that took place at the end of July.
TV channel HSN will also broadcast another special, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek, on September 13th. It will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album.