Keely Smith Keely Sings Sinatra
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- Released: March 12, 2001
- Label: Concord Records
CMJ - 3/26/01, p.27"...This album finds Smith in great vocal shape...Impressively, [she] pulls no punches as she takes on the heart of The Chairman of the Board's repertoire, making these standards her own."
- 2.South of the Border
- 3.I've Got a Crush on You
- 4.Night and Day
- 5.A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening
- 6.Come Rain or Come Shine
- 7.The Music Stopped
- 8.I'll Never Smile Again / Dream
- 9.I've Got You Under My Skin
- 10.Angel Eyes
- 11.Happy Birthday, Frank
- 12.New York, New York
- 13.Without a Song
- 14.All the Way
- 15.This Love of Mine
- 16.Until the Real Thing Comes Along
- 18.It Was a Very Good Year
- 19.My Way
- 20.Closing Tribute
Personnel: Keely Smith (vocals); Frank Sinatra Jr. (spoken vocals); Don Menza (arranger, conductor, tenor saxophone); Frank Collet, Dennis Michaels (arranger, conductor, piano); Billy May (conductor); Dennis Budmir (guitar); Jerry Vinci, Brian Leonard, Debbie Price, Maurice Dicterow, Yoko Matsuda, Murry Adler, Russ Cantor, Jackie Suzuki, Tamsen Beseke, Razdan Kuyumjian, Daniel Shindarov, Mari Tsumura (violin); Harry Shirinian, Jorge Moraga, Margot McLaine, Dianne Gilbert, Marina Manukian, Jody Rubin (viola); David Shamban, Jodi Burnett (cello); Gene Cipriano (woodwinds); Sal Lozano, Steve Wilkerson (alto saxophone); Pete Christlieb (tenor saxophone); Jack Nimitz (baritone saxophone); Rick Baptist, Wayne Bergeron, Pete Candoli, Conte Candoli, George Graham (trumpet); Alan Kaplan, Andy Martin, Thurman Green (trombone); Dana Hughes (bass trombone); Chuck Berghofer (bass); Frankie Capp (drums); Dale Anderson (percussion).
Recorded at Studio A, Capitol Records, Hollywood, California. Includes liner notes by Keely Smith & Frank Sinatra, Jr.
KEELY SINGS SINATRA was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.
Personnel: Keely Smith (vocals); Dennis Budimir (guitar); Gerald Vinci, Maurice Dicterow, Mari Tsumura, Razdan Kuyumjian, Murray Adler, Tamsen Beseke, Yoko Matsuda (violin); Jorge Moraga, Jody Rubin, Marina Manukian, Harry Shirinian (viola); Jodi Burnett, David Shamban (cello); Gene Cipriano (woodwinds); Sal Lozano, Don Wilkerson (alto saxophone); Jack Nimitz (baritone saxophone); Conte Candoli, George Graham, Pete Candoli, Rick Baptist, Wayne Bergeron (trumpet); Dana Hughes, Alan Kaplan, Thurman Green (trombone); Frank Collett (piano); Dale Anderson (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Frank Sinatra, Jr.
Recording information: Studio A, Capitol Records, Hollywood, CA.
Director: Alexis Davis.
Photographer: Steve Granitz.
Arrangers: Don Menza; Frank Collett; Billy May.
Ol' Blue Eyes is always ripe for a top-notch, big-band-flavored tribute, but how many who take on the daunting task knew him as well as his contemporary, whom Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. once dubbed "the female Sinatra"? And in case you don't know the history, Frank Sinatra Jr.'s liner notes and numerous archival photos of Smith with Sinatra fill you in. Smith recorded this prior to the legend's passing in 1998 and even had his thumbs up on the project, but held back its release so as not to appear to be capitalizing on the Sinatramania which followed his death. With the ample and energetic backing of the Frankie Capp Orchestra, Smith does him proud on 18 chestnuts from his catalog, her voice clear and honest, her phrasing sharp and emotional. The arrangers don't bombard you with too much brass where it's not welcome; Smith does the verses of "All the Way" with mostly a subtle string accompaniment, then the brass builds slowly with the emotion of the piece. Ditto "My Way." And Sinatra Jr. notes as you can that certain turns of phrase bring out a touch of humor. The set is bookended with a spoken intro and outro by Sinatra Jr. over an instrumental passage of Smith's signature song "I Wish You Love." First rate, but then again, it had to be. ~ Jonathan Widran
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