Sinatra & Swingin Brass
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Make no mistake about it. Sinatra's musicianship and vocal artistry would in themselves require volumes--yet people focus on irrelvancies like his putative relation with "da mob" and his place as "Chairman" of the Rat Pack). The only thing that would make this album any better would be the inclusion of the orchestrator on the majority of Ole Blue's albums--the incomparable Nelson Riddle. But Neal Hefti had proven himself with his LP's for the Count Basie Orchestra, and Frank liked what he heard. As the word "Swing" in the title suggests, this is an "album"--in the tradition of Capitol's "Songs for Swingin' Dancers" and all of its progeny. It needs to be experienced as a whole. Was Sinatra a jazz singer?Read more ›
Apart from 'Goody Goody', which was an old Big Band era song that wasn't so great even back then, most of the songs are solid Sinatra material -- many are remakes. 'I Get A Kick Out of You' appeared on the classic Songs For Young Lovers album of 1953, 'At Long Last Love' and 'They Can't Take That Away from Me' are also remade, but with new arrangements these are like old friends with a new angle. The risk with remaking Sinatra songs (such as 'You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me' on the original CD release) is that the originals were usually definitive and defy improvement. Hefti's brass arrangements make up in excitement what they lack in subtlety, but it's a different experience.
'Tangerine' and 'Love is Just Around the Corner' are new on this album (for FS) and work perfectly with the Hefti approach, as does 'Pick Yourself Up'. 'At Long Last Love' is nicely updated.
On the original CD release, Reprise included 'Everybody's Twistin' -- an embarassment -- as well as 'Nothing But the Best' and 'You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me', these last two tracks worthy of a listen. I have not traded my original CD for the remastered release because of this, but either way Sinatra and Swingin' Brass is a fast romp, Sinatra's closest effort to a jazz album. Recommended.
"Goody, Goody" features a strong performance from The Chairman Of The Board; he handles this like the champ he always was and that impresses me. Frank's rendition plays with the melody somewhat to make this piece his own; there are a few good key and tempo changes to make this number sound fresh and new as well. Great! "They Can't Take That Away From Me" has Frank singing so well; he singing joyously of the thrills of true love and this makes Frank's rendition THE definitive rendition of this classic ballad. Frank's voice never sounded better, either! There's also "At Long Last Love;" "At Long Last Love" has a swell brass section and the percussion marks the beat in the background as Frank belts this one straight out of the ballpark!
"I'm Beginning To See The Light" was always one of my favorite classic pop songs; and I absolutely love Frank's interpretation of this ballad. The orchestral accompaniment fits in perfectly with Frank's vocals and he delivers this way beyond my expectations--even for him! "I'm Beginning To See The Light" is clearly a major highlight of this CD.
"I Get A Kick Out Of You" showcases Frank front and center--and that's great in my book! Frank sings this as he swings brightly to make this number his own. The tempo changes enhance the beauty of this tune and that brass section again complements Frank's singing very well. "I Get A Kick Out Of You" is another major highlight of this album.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This arrived safely, nice repro gatefold cover very much as original, and "Serious Sinatra" label was nice to see too. The sound fidelity is way better than I anticipated. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ed
OUT STANDING, I HAD THIS ON A 78 SO IT HAD BEEN SOME TIME SINCE I HAD LISTENED TOO IT AND THE SOUND QUALITY WAS SO ENHANCED ANS ALWAYS SINARTA IS SINARTA ......Published 7 months ago by Joe Rustenhaven
Purchased the original viny when it was released, have always loved it.
Even nicer on disc!!
Frank Sinatra’s long-time piano player, Bill Miller, considered this to be Sinatra’s finest uptempo album at Reprise. I agree. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ricardo Mio
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