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  • Audio CD (July 18, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000FTWAC2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,207 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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John Pizzarelli, one of the most celebrated performers bringing popular standards to a new generation, pays homage to Frank Sinatra with the release of Dear Mr. Sinatra. Early in his career, Pizzarelli opened for Sinatra on tour. His father, the jazz guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli, played on many of Sinatra's seminal recordings. Focusing on songs that were specifically written for 'Ol' Blue Eyes' and also featuring The Clayton- Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Dear Mr. Sinatra is in many ways the most personal of all the Sinatra tributes available. Dear Mr. Sinatra, follows Pizzarelli's highly-acclaimed tributes to Nat King Cole (Dear Mr. Cole and P.S. Mr. Cole), Antonio Carlos Jobim (Bossa Nova) and The Beatles (John Pizzarelli Meets The Beatles).

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With his eternally boyish tenor and cheery romantic outlook, John Pizzarelli is a stylistic world apart from Frank Sinatra, he of the manly baritone and dark sensual undercurrents. But like his Italian-American forebear, he's a consummate swinger, and he knows how to make a lyric his own. Comprised mostly of tunes written for the Chairman, Dear Mr. Sinatra is a musical fan letter without the usual schmaltz or reverence. An actively intelligent singer and guitarist, Pizzarelli reshapes the material to fit his personality, whether quietly enunciating "You Make Me Feel So Young," scatting over a brief guitar solo on "How About You?," or making the emotions sneak up on you on a medley of "I See Your Face Before Me" and "In the Wee Small Hours (of the Morning)." He's equally at home with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra as he is with his working combo, largely because in John Clayton, he has a skilled arranger who is equally open to recasting the songs--dig the jagged rhythms, hesitation effects, and burnished tones on "I've Got You Under My Skin." Even as he asserts his own style, Pizzarelli subtly conveys his affection for Sinatra in his phrasing. The album also boasts an agreeable Frank-like running time of 39 minutes. --Lloyd Sachs

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John Pizzarelli really gives Mr. Sinatra great honor in this CD.
Patricia Fimbrez
I highly recommend this CD for Pizzarelli fans, Sinatra fans, music fans and anyone who just wants to hears something special.
TerryJazz
This is a great tribute to the legendary Entertainer of the Century.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. J. Davidson on March 14, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Every singer ends up attempting Sinatra eventually, but few manage so well....

John Pizzarelli has been playing jazz guitar with his legendary father, Bucky, since he was 6 years old.

John's latest album is Dear Mr. Sinatra, on which he plays songs written for Ol' Blue Eyes....

The crooner is noted for his sensitive phrasing and powerful interpretative voice, which recall the relaxed stylings of Nat "King" Cole and Chet Baker, as well as for his fluid, inventive guitar playing.

On this album of covers of songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, John Pizzarelli wisely avoids the pitfalls of Ol' Blue Eyes imitations in favor of his own intimate approach, best heard on the set's more relaxed arrangements.

My highlights are the tracks "I've Got You Under My Skin", "Nice and Easy" and "You Make Me Feel So Young".

Both attention-grabbing and supportive, his expertly arranged big band accompaniment likewise evokes the ring-a-ding-ding of the Rat Pack era while steering clear of mere pastiche.

With a total time just under 40 minutes, the program is a little short by CD standards, but the performances by John Pizzarelli and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra in this warm tribute to Frank Sinatra are consistently of high caliber and hit the mark every time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shep Roberts on July 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
As a longtime Sinatra fan who was fortunate enought to see Sinatra in concert many times, I feel I am qualified to say that John Pizzarelli's new CD, DEAR MR SINATRA, is a truly outstanding and accomplished work. John Pizzarelli captures the essence of everything that was Sinatra: swing style, powerful lyrics and impeccable taste for music. Of all the young musicians of today that have taken on a Sinatra projects -- and there are many -- none have done it close to this well. Kudos to John for giving us something wonderful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TerryJazz on July 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I just purchased John Pizzarelli's new CD, DEAR MR SINATRA, and absolutely love it. If John ever reads this I want him to know that it is his best record yet. Of all the artists that have made Sinatra records in recent times, this one, by far, figured out how to interpret one of our greatest singers with class, style and incredible musicality. I highly recommend this CD for Pizzarelli fans, Sinatra fans, music fans and anyone who just wants to hears something special.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Oscawana on August 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I buy alot of jazz and mostly of from the Great American Songbook genre. My CD (and LP!) collection covers from Nat, Bing, Rosie and Frank; to Satchmo, Benny and Duke; to the current crop of living interpreters -- young and old -- like Tony, Diana, Jane, Michael Feinstein and, of course, John Pizzarelli. John's new CD, DEAR MR. SINATRA, captures the essence of where the Songbook came from and provides listeners all they need to know to understand why it is still so alive today. This is a superb CD that I love and know you will too.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Throne on January 11, 2007
Format: Audio CD
According to the liner notes for "Dear Mr Sinatra" the foundation for this latest John Pizzarelli CD is "... songs that were written for Frank Sinatra...". As a result, this premise gives us some rarer songs and eliminates the more usual suspects. You will still find "Witchcraft", "How about You" and "Nice and Easy" amongst other familiar titles but how often do you find "Ring a Ding Ding", "I see you face before me" and "Yes, sir that's my baby" in an album these days?

But wait. "Yes, sir that's my baby"? That was written in 1925, and Sinatra didn't record it until 1966 - so perhaps that was not written just for him. OK, it is the foundation for the choice of material and not a prerequisite - but if you come up with such a good idea why not stick with it? Particularly when Sinatra was one of those few singers who really did have dozens of songs written for him.

Let me say before I go any further, I am a huge fan of John Pizzarelli, but quite frankly this latest album is something of a disappointment. I find John more at home with a small group of instrumentalists behind him. However in view of the choice of material it was understandable to go for the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz orchestra. Sadly some of the arrangements (mostly by John Clayton) either seem too brash or at worse "empty". You feel that the whole project was rushed through to the extent that I found the balance of vocal and orchestra quite puzzling on some tracks. I can salvage a few tracks that I will play over - "Ring a Ding Ding", "I see you face before me / In the wee small hours", "Can't we be friends" and "The Last Dance", (again liner note writers please take note: Cahn & Van Heusen's song is called "The Last Dance" not "Last Dance").
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Tarr on July 27, 2006
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I'm a big fan of both Sinatra & John Pizzarelli. I greatly enjoy the interpretations of Sinatra standards, but have to agree with one of the other reviewers who noted how annoying it is to have to constantly adjust the volume up and down. It's too bad, because John P. does a very nice job on a number of these tunes.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jim Newsom on August 15, 2006
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I have heard it argued that a singer can't be a real musician, that vocal jazz isn't really jazz at all. I disagree.

John Pizzarelli probably gets a pass, even among the no-vocals crowd: He's an excellent instrumentalist, following in the footsteps of his legendary father, Bucky Pizzarelli, as a master of the seven-string guitar. But it's his distinctive vocal stylings that have carved out a niche for him in the top tier of performing musicians.

His discography includes tributes to Nat "King" Cole, Antonio Carlos Jobim and The Beatles, but even though it's always been obvious that Frank Sinatra was a major influence, he hadn't found the right opportunity for such an homage. His new CD, Dear Mr. Sinatra, was worth the wait. It's his best outing yet.

Much of the credit goes to the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, one of those rarities in contemporary music, a working big band. The joyful sound of real horns working their way through first-class arrangements provides a refreshing surrounding for Pizzarelli's understated vocal subtlety.

The singer says in the liner notes that he "wanted the foundation of the album to be songs that were written for Frank," not just songs that he happened to record. To that end, he opens the show with the rarely heard "Ring-a-Ding-Ding," written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen to immortalize one of Sinatra's catch phrases. It's a swingin' start that sets an upbeat tone for the album that follows.

Well known classics get new life in surprising settings--"I've Got You Under My Skin" going mellow with flutes and bass clarinet, "Witchcraft" sounding like a page torn straight out of the Basie playbook, "You Make Me Feel So Young" loping along with laidback casualness.
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