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Dear Mr. Sinatra

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Frank Sinatra, though not a jazz singer, was long respected by jazz musicians for his natural ability to get the best out of a song while developing a trademark approach to singing that had great appeal. While many recorded tributes to Sinatra since his death have been abysmal at best, vocalist and guitarist John Pizzarelli knows a little something about swinging and finding the essence of each song. Backed by the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, with whom Pizzarelli toured prior to the making of this CD, along with arrangements by John Clayton, Don Sebesky, Dick Lieb, and Quincy Jones, he sought to focus primarily on songs written with Sinatra in mind, though taking new ...
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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Frank Sinatra, though not a jazz singer, was long respected by jazz musicians for his natural ability to get the best out of a song while developing a trademark approach to singing that had great appeal. While many recorded tributes to Sinatra since his death have been abysmal at best, vocalist and guitarist John Pizzarelli knows a little something about swinging and finding the essence of each song. Backed by the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, with whom Pizzarelli toured prior to the making of this CD, along with arrangements by John Clayton, Don Sebesky, Dick Lieb, and Quincy Jones, he sought to focus primarily on songs written with Sinatra in mind, though taking new approaches to each of them. Dear Mr. Sinatra opens with an over-the-top rendition of "Ring-A-Ding-Ding." Clayton's sensitive writing for reeds provides the perfect backdrop for Pizzarelli's warm vocals in "If I Had You." The singer works magic in another fine Clayton chart, "I've Got You Under My Skin," delivering the goods in a sensitive interpretation. Pizzarelli is backed only by pianist Tamir Hendelman in the miniature scoring of "The Last Dance," which serves as a perfect finale. Only three of the tracks clock in at over four minutes, so there's not much of a focus upon instrumental solos, though Pizzarelli's guitar is featured in "Witchcraft." With a total time just under 40 minutes, the program is a little short by CD standards, but the performances by John Pizzarelli and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra in this warm tribute to Old Blue Eyes are consistently of high caliber and hit the mark every time.
San Francisco Chronicle - Lee Hildebrand
[Pizzarelli] uses his wispy tenor with consummate musicality. He brings warmth and a strong sense of swing to 11 well-chosen numbers from the Sinatra songbook, backed empathetically by Southern California's Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.
Los Angeles Daily News - Steven Rosenberg
Every singer ends up attempting Sinatra eventually, but few manage so well.... What emerges is a powerful interpretive voice.

Every singer ends up attempting Sinatra eventually, but few manage so well.... What emerges is a powerful interpretive voice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/18/2006
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408363825
  • Catalog Number: 83638
  • Sales rank: 55,105

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Pizzarelli Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Jeff Hamilton Drums
Bucky Pizzarelli Guitar, Vocals
Charles Owens Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Rickey Woodard Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Lee Callet Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Gilbert Castellanos Trumpet
Jeff Clayton Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
John Clayton Bass, Clarinet, Conductor, Bass Guitar, Alto Saxophone
Sal Cracchiolo Trumpet
Keith Fiddmont Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Ira Nepus Trombone
Bobby Rodriguez Trumpet
Maurice Spears Trombone, Bass Trombone
Christoph Luty Bass, Bass Guitar
Robbie Hioki Trombone, Bass Trombone
George Bohanon Trombone
Tamir Hendelman Piano
James Ford Trumpet
Charles Owens II Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Ryan Porter Trombone
Bijon Watson Trumpet
Technical Credits
Paul James Composer
Cy Coleman Composer
Quincy Jones Arranger
Bucky Pizzarelli Liner Notes
Josef Myrow Composer
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
David Blumberg Orchestration, Orchestral Manager
Sammy Cahn Composer
John Clayton Arranger, Orchestration
Howard Dietz Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Don Sebesky Arranger
Mack Gordon Composer
Bob Hilliard Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Burton Lane Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Robert Woods Producer
Harold Kilianski Engineer
Robert Friedrich Engineer, Mastering
Anilda Carrasquillo Art Direction
Dave Mann Composer
Kay Swift Composer
Chris Walden Arranger, Orchestration, Orchestral Manager
Ted Shapiro Composer
Carolyn Leigh Composer
Reginald Connelly Composer
Ralph Freed Composer
Lewis Spence Composer
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