Frank Sinatra with Count Basie — It Might As Well Be Swing

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)

Frank Sinatra w/Count Basie — Wives and Lovers

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4 Responses to Frank Sinatra with Count Basie — It Might As Well Be Swing

  1. dottorjazz says:

    although I’m not interested in vocals, jazz and pop, Ol’ blue eyes has a great voice.
    I still have a double live LP from The Sands in Vegas, Basie band and… it swings a lot.

    • vinyltim says:

      That’s an excellent one. I’ll be putting that up on the blog as well at some point.

  2. Henry says:

    Funny, I just happened to listen to this record a few weeks ago for the first time even though it’s been in my collection for a few years. I’m not a big jazz vocal fan either (exceptions being Billie Holliday and Nina Simone), but a friend visited and asked to hear Blue Eyes, so I pulled this one out. Pretty good stuff, as you mentioned above.

    • vinyltim says:

      Glad you like it. I have some more Sinatra here, but am still sorting through them. If you want a little more check out the “At the Sands” double LP that was mentioned.

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