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A Jazz Portrait of Frank Sinatra Import

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A Jazz Portrait of Frank Sinatra may not be top-shelf OP, but it is a most attractive and illuminating set. Recorded in Paris in May 1959, it marked drummer Ed Thigpen's Peterson debut--though such is the group's three-in-one empathy that you'd never think so. Three months later they recorded over 100 titles in the space of a fortnight, the majority a reprise of Peterson's 10-album Songbook series from 1952-1954, and the ethos of this precursor is very similar, with its accent on beautifully crafted tributes to the American popular song at its finest. The performances are short, but anything but perfunctory: Peterson's arrangements are as distinguished for imagination as for appositeness, and those arrangements--even more than his glorious pianism--are the key to this portrait's enduring success. Bassist Ray Brown is just awesome, and not even the decidedly modest playing time should stop you from adding this to your collection without delay. --Richard Palmer

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. You Make Me Feel So Young
  2. Come Dance With Me
  3. Learnin' The Blues
  4. Witchcraft
  5. The Tender Trap
  6. Saturday Night (Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week)
  7. Just In Time
  8. It Happened In Monterey
  9. I Get A Kick Out Of You
  10. All Of Me
  11. Birth Of The Blues
  12. How About You


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B0000046XF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,980 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Recorded May 18, 1959 in Paris. Peterson at his peak. He combines with Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums to deliver a stunning recording. All players are in the groove; the timing between players is incredible, leading to a brilliant recording. THE TOP JAZZ RECORDING OUT OF 200 JAZZ CDS I OWN. Absolutely flawless. You will not be dissapointed. Sinatra is probably listening to it in heaven.
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Although Peterson's piano will never be Sinatra's voice, this is one of the finest jazz albums that I've ever heard. Buy it.
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If for some reason you ever max out on listening to Sinatra you can put this CD on to take a short break. You won't be disappointed because Mr. Peterson's arrangements are fabulous and the musicianship is spot on.
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.
Enjoy!
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Listening to this CD, you can't avoid to keep your feet busy! Incredible album. One of the best CDs that I've got. Oscar's wonderful piano playing is perfectly matched with my favourite bassist: the great Ray Brown and the rhythmically sensitive Ed.
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.
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I purchased this cd a while ago and then ran across a taped copy of Oscar Peterson's "A Jazz Portrait Of Frank Sinatra" from a two LP set out of England. Why they didn't release a two CD set to include the missing 18 songs, I'll never know. Some of the songs are on other CDs, but they are some of Frank's best and are timeless. The current CD, although lacking the original release, is very listenable. One of the best is "Witchcraft". Oscar Peterson is at his best on these recordings.
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"For years I have been an ardent admirer of Frank Sinatra. I've been thrilled by his singing and I've respected the taste that goes with his singing. As a musician I've further admired his choice of tunes and as a fan I've recognized that certain tunes are forever, at least in my mind, inextricably linked with Sinatra, both by usage and interpretation and by that special magic that is his alone. This album is not only a tribute to Frank Sinatra, but also my emotional interpretation of the feelings I get when I hear him. I have tried, therefore, to paint as well as I can a portrait, told in my personal jazz terms, of Frank Sinatra." ~ Oscar Peterson ~

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.
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I am intimately familiar with Sinatra's body of work and was more than a little surprised to hear how well Peterson captured his innate sense of swing in each track. More impressive is how Peterson nailed Sinatra's phrasing. I am not surprised that he had the chops to pull it off - that was a give. It's how his signature style was subsumed to ensure that you could hear Sinatra in every note. That is what a tribute should be, and this album sets the standard.

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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