Personnel: Cole Porter (vocals); Cole Porter; Frank Sinatra, Lew Conrad, Rosemary Clooney (vocals); Bubber Miley (trumpet); Dinah Shore, Fred Astaire, Al Bowlly, Lena Horne, Phil Saxe (vocals); Jim Hall (guitar); Paul Desmond (alto saxophone).
Liner Note Authors: Will Friedwald; Barry Feldman.
Recording information: Clinton Recording Studio, New York, NY (03/01/1928-05/05/2004); Hollywood Recording Studio, Hollywood, CA (03/01/1928-05/05/2004); Hollywood, CA (03/01/1928-05/05/2004); Liederkranz Hall, New York, NY (03/01/1928-05/05/2004); Manhattan Center, New York, NY (03/01/1928-05/05/2004); RCA Studio, New York, NY (03/01/1928-05/05/2004); Studio A, Hollywood, CA (03/01/1928-05/05/2004); Victor Studio #1, New York, NY (03/01/1928-05/05/2004); Victor Studio #2, New York, NY (03/01/1928-05/05/2004); Webster Hall, New York, NY (03/01/1928-05/05/2004).
Arrangers: Esquivel; Joe Reisman; Manny Albam; Vince Giordano; Axel Stordahl.
Cole Porter holds a place in history as one of America's most legendary songsmiths. Indeed, he eclipses most of his contemporaries, save Irving Berlin and George Gershwin. A composer of matchless wit and charm, Porter penned countless tunes that blossomed into chart-toppers and mainstream jazz standards.
IT'S DE LOVELY represents the wide range of interpretations that have been applied to the composer's work over the years. The disc includes the now-famous performance of "Night and Day" by a young Frank Sinatra, a cowboy version of "Don't Fence Me In" by Roy Rogers, and jazz versions of "You Do Something to Me" and "I've Got You Under My Skin" by saxophonists Sonny Rollins and Paul Desmond, respectively. The opening tracks, which feature Porter himself on vocals, are the high points of this album. These selections are unique for two reasons. First, Porter rarely performed his own music, and second, the big-band arrangements that accompany him were recorded in 2004, seven decades after Porter laid down his vocal tracks. Listeners can hear what it might have sounded like had Porter taken his performing career as seriously as his passion for songwriting.