Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Frank Sinatra & Count Basie Orchestra It Might As Well Be Swing Reprise 1964
Admittedly, by this point, Count Basie was a long way from Kansas City. He was big time, putting his name in with the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, and Frank Sinatra. He had gone straight Hollywood by this point, but nevertheless, brought his Kansas City swing everywhere he went.
Outside of the obvious, Basie was teamed with a young Quincy Jones on the ablum. The arrangements were all put together by Jones. Jones was able to take then recently wrote pop songs and arrange them as if they were originally swing tunes. The arrangements were then handed to Sinatra and Basie to perform.
The results are pretty spectacular, albeit very showbiz and very over-the-top. Is is Sinatra,.though, so that's expected. I wouldn't mind saying outside the previous album, Sinatra-Basie, it's the "coolest" Sinatra had sounded in years. All told, it's a pop album, but with some jazz flourishes that Jones threw in to keep it interesting. Basie just does what he does and held down the band.
Fly Me to the Moon