Keely Sings Sinatra

Keely Sings Sinatra

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by Keely Smith
     
 

Anyone who knows Keely Smith only as the stone-faced but golden-voiced sidekick/wife of that swinging wise guy Louis Prima is in for a most pleasant surprise. Smith, as anyone who has followed her career since the 1950s knows full well, is a lustrous singer who can hold her own with any of the era's vocal greats. This tribute to Frank Sinatra finds Smith in fulsome… See more details below

Overview

Anyone who knows Keely Smith only as the stone-faced but golden-voiced sidekick/wife of that swinging wise guy Louis Prima is in for a most pleasant surprise. Smith, as anyone who has followed her career since the 1950s knows full well, is a lustrous singer who can hold her own with any of the era's vocal greats. This tribute to Frank Sinatra finds Smith in fulsome voice, swinging the pants off of some of Ol' Blue Eyes signature tunes. And on each performance, she does her old friend proud. Backed by the superlative Frank Capp big band, Smith is in her element, looking back to a golden age of music yet imbuing it all with contemporary grace and sass.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/13/2001
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431494324
catalogNumber:
4943
Rank:
80858

Tracks

  1. Intro - Frank Sinatra, Jr.  - Frank Sinatra
  2. South of the Border  - Keely Smith
  3. I've Got a Crush on You  - Keely Smith
  4. Night and Day  - Keely Smith
  5. A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening  - Keely Smith
  6. Come Rain or Come Shine  - Keely Smith
  7. The Music Stopped  - Keely Smith
  8. I'll Never Smile Again/Dream  - Keely Smith
  9. I've Got You Under My Skin  - Keely Smith
  10. Angel Eyes  - Keely Smith
  11. Happy Birthday, Frank  - Keely Smith
  12. New York, New York  - Keely Smith
  13. Without a Song  - Keely Smith
  14. All the Way  - Keely Smith
  15. This Love of Mine  - Keely Smith
  16. Until the Real Thing Comes Along  - Keely Smith
  17. Goodbye  - Keely Smith
  18. It Was a Very Good Year  - Keely Smith
  19. My Way  - Keely Smith
  20. Closing Tribute - Frank Sinatra, Jr.  - Frank Sinatra

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keely Smith   Primary Artist,Vocals
Conte Candoli   Trumpet
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Frank Collett   Piano
Don Wilkerson   Alto Saxophone
Murray Adler   Violin
Dale Anderson   Percussion
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Mari Tsumura   Violin
Dennis Budimir   Guitar
Jodi Burnett   Cello
Gene Cipriano   Woodwind
Maurice Dicterow   Violin
George Graham   Trumpet
Thurman Green   Trombone
Dana Hughes   Trombone
Alan Kaplan   Trombone
Sal Lozano   Alto Saxophone
Jorge Moraga   Viola
Jack Nimitz   Baritone Saxophone
David Shamban   Cello
Harry Shirinian   Viola
Gerald Vinci   Violin,Concert Master
Yoko Matsuda   Violin
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Tamsen Beseke   Violin
Jody Rubin   Viola
Marina Manukian   Viola
Razdan Kuyumjian   Violin

Technical Credits

Frank Sinatra   Composer
Paul Anka   Composer
Billy May   Arranger
Don Menza   Arranger
Keely Smith   Executive Producer
Frank Collett   Arranger
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Saul Chaplin   Composer
Charles Paakkari   Engineer
Henry W. Sanicola   Composer
Wally Traugott   Mastering
Frank Sinatra   Liner Notes
Alexis Davis   Director
Harold Adamson   Composer
Edward Eliscu   Composer
Jacques Revaux   Composer
Claude François   Composer
Gilles Thibault   Composer
Mann Holiner   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
L.E. Freeman   Composer
Sol Parker   Composer
Bobby Milano   Producer

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