A Jazz Portrait of Frank Sinatra Import
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This disc will have special appeal to Sinatra fans because it's a beautifully crafted tribute to a relatively young Frank (it was recorded in 1959 when Frank was 43), but any jazz lover will know these tunes as well and will appreciate the trio's performances.
When I listened to a song sung by Sinatra and then listen to the same song recorded by another artist, I used to say: There's no comparrison listening to Sinatra's voice and that kicking Big Band behind him! But now, I've changed my mind with this CD.
This is Truly a Tribute.
I'm in accord with Oscar Peterson's sentiments about Frank Sinatra and his music especially coming from a jazz icon himself who earned a very impressive mark in the history of jazz.
This album, which was recorded in Paris on May 18, 1959, is worthy to any jazz aficionado and Oscar Peterson and Frank Sinatra enthusiasts. It's one of the best Sinatra tributes ever recorded and one of the greatest piano jazz albums of all-time. Yes, this recording is definitely old - recorded almost 49 years ago, but the sound quality is outstanding. Thanks to the marvel of today's sound engineering and mastering. Oscar Peterson, a legendary pianist and one of the most respected names in the jazz world, did a sublimely exceptional job in "painting a jazz portrait" of another musical legend and Entertainer of the Century, Frank Sinatra.Read more ›
Listen to the sound samples for a taste of what I am trying to convey about the music. As for the musicians, Peterson, Ray Brown on bass and new (at the time of this recording) member Ed Thigpen on drums are simply superb. Even in the few seconds per sample you can hear a seamless ensemble that is playing with taste. I am sure Sinatra was more than a little pleased when this was released in 1959.
In addition to the music the tracks selected for this album could not be more perfect. Some songs with which Sinatra would be later associated - Strangers in the Night and My Way - has yet to be written, although Come Fly With Me is conspicuously missing from the set list. But I am not quibbling. I am so pleased with what is on this album and how it's played that I feel fortunate to own it.
This is one more example of Peterson's versatility as a musician, and one of many amazing albums he, Brown and Thigpen recorded in 1959. In less than three months after the May 1959 session that produced this album the trio would go to Chicago and produce ten classic albums in the short span of July 14 to August 9. I sometimes consider this album as a warm up for that marathon series of sessions.
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This is a nice aside in one of the most prodigious years in the history of Jazz, and the pinnacle of the hard bop era. Read morePublished on October 7, 2013 by nick garress
I bought the CD a few months ago, bought a few CD's since I thought I liked it. Then I started listening to it, again and again. That's when I started loving it. Read morePublished on October 8, 2005 by Le Cardinal
This is one of the best "Oscar Peterson" CDs I have ever
purchased, and now one of my all time favorite. Read more