Frank Sinatra - A Man and His Music + Ella + Jobim
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The real reason I bought this DVD, however, was for the segment with Antonio Carlos Jobim. Frank and Antonio do a short medley of Jobim and Cole Porter-written songs (this segment of the show could and should have been MUCH longer) - but which medley unfortunately is credited to the arranging talents of Nelson Riddle - when in fact, the entire arrangement of all 4 Jobim and Porter songs played should have been attributed to Claus Ogerman. The arrangement of these four tunes can be heard note for note in the "Francis Albert Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim" 1967 LP (and now CD) on the Reprise label. Claus Ogerman arranged and conducted this entire album. Shortened versions of these four songs were only "lifted" from the album for this tv show. Antonio plays guitar chord changes in between the songs which make the 4 tunes flow effortlessly from one to the other. Nelson Riddle does a fine job arranging the music for the rest of the tv special, but I believe in giving credit where credit is due - and by no means did he arrange the Sinatra/Jobim part of the special.
Two of the very best albums Sinatra ever recorded were those with Jobim and I am glad that at least some of the material from one of these albums gets to shine on this tv special.
Of course, there are no words to describe Ella Fitzgerald's talent; every superlative about her singing has already been used many times over.Read more ›
The duets they sing togther, starting with "Goin' Out of My Head" and ending with "Lady Is a Tramp" are, quite simply, perfect. These are obviously two singers who love working together, one only wishes they did so more often. The closing rendition of "Lady Is A Tramp" ranks as one of the best moments in the history of American popular song ever captured on film; I'm just glad the camera's were there to capture it.
The duets with Jobim are great as well, but honestly, if you want to hear the Frank and Tom Jobim at their best, you need to go listen to the albums they made. The real treat on this video is Frank and Ella, and if you're a fan of either singer (or just a fan of good music in general), you need to do yourself a favor and pick this one up.
Frank comes out roaring on an updated arrangement of Day In, Day Out at a break-neck tempo, sings the bejesus out of it and working the stage like the zenith of an entertainer he was.
On Old Man River, right before the last verse, he holds a low G, then without taking a breath, slurs right into the verse. Perhaps even more impressive than this display of technical virtuosity is how he stays "in character" after the song ends. The audience is applauding like mad, and instead of acknowledging it, he still assumes the character in the song, a slave who is at his pain threshold. This is what seperated Sinatra from the other singers. He didn't need a six octave range to deliver. He simply studied the lyrics, digested what the writer wanted to say, and put himself in the first person.
Flexibility and diversity are present as he brings the belting down to a whisper to blend in with Jobim's soft bossa-ballads as well as bossa nova treatments of Cole Porter's "I Concentrate On You" and Berlin's "Change Partners". Ten minutes of magic here.
The finale is one for the archives. Frank is not reluctant to let Ella loose for some of her trademark scatting and more than holds his own "They Can't Take That Away". I think he even inspired Ella here, definitely a mutual-admiration society. "The Lady Is A Tramp' is not to be missed, complete with an intro not familiar to most. They pulled out all the stops, causing the studio audience to applaud long enough to trigger a reprise of the last verse and chorus.
To close the program, Sinatra remarks he can't remember an hour going by so quickly. He is sincere here. He brought top talent in and they all delivered.
This is entertainment bliss. Please don't miss it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Frank Sinatra was in great voice and so was Ella Fitzgerald.
Highly recommended for Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald Fans.
Frank at his best. Good album if you're a "Frankie" fan. He has some great voices singing along with him on part of it.Published on January 29, 2014 by Marilou Diamond
I don't know why I am such a Sinatra fan. His huge life, played out on a gigantic stage, was everything my life is not. He had the adulation of fans from his twenties to his death. Read morePublished on November 5, 2013 by Ol'BlueEyes
Great music from three legendary performers. I have an album from Jobim and Sinatra that is great too. Performances great three real professionals. Read morePublished on August 11, 2013 by David
I love the sound of Frank Sinatra's voice during the decade of the 60's, and the first half of the 70's. Read morePublished on August 27, 2012 by Epistem Quest
Thoroughly enjoyed the show- unbiased-as I am only learning to appreciate the man and the great talented people that he collaborated with!!!! DVD needs to be marketed more!!!Published on April 7, 2012 by mustmint
I was disappointed when I realized Iwould not be able to read this dvd.I am in zone 2 and the format is not compatible.Published on March 9, 2011 by Le martégal
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