Frank Sinatra…Count Basie Band…Quincy Jones…seems good on paper…the record is great too. Although there are some uneven moments–I Can’t Stop Loving You, for example, doesn’t work as well to me–but the high points are so just strong. “Fly Me to the Moon”, “I Believe In You”, “The Good Life”, “Wives and Lovers” and more–all excellent. Frank is in great voice, and the band is swinging with Sonny Payne (dr) and Freddie Green (gt). Very smooth arrangements throughout, understated when they need to be, the record feels great.
This isn’t the cleanest copy out there, but it still sounds excellent. Cut in Los Angeles June 1964, engineered by Lowell Frank.
(Details: Reprise FS 1012 stereo)