Netflix has been on a roll with their streaming offerings. First with their highly addictive original political series House of Cards and now this. The Zen of Bennett is an up close look at Tony Bennett and the making of his recent Duets ll record. Lovingly produced by his son, we’re treated to watching the master at work who is equally at home in the recording or artist studio, and in the process we learn a little more about what makes him tick.
He’s extremely likable and can relate to just about anyone as proven in his interactions with guests Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Andrea Bocelli, John Mayer and even Lady Gaga. The film’s most bittersweet moment comes in watching him help nurture the crazy talented Amy Winehouse and then learn of her untimely passing just shortly thereafter.
He’s been at this a long time and takes great pride in transcending generations and though admittedly old fashioned, he’s still very much young at heart. If it weren’t for the great stories spanning more than five decades in show business, we’d have a hard time believing he’ll soon be turning 85.
He’s built his life and career on following his heart and living his passions and he credits his longevity to his commitment to quality or as he warns to never scrimp on a suit or a song. They don’t really make ‘em like Tony Bennett anymore which is all the more reason to savor his words of wisdom. Here’s the preview for The Zen of Bennett now streaming on Netflix or available on DVD: