Keely Sings Sinatra

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2001
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431494324
  • Catalog Number: 4943
  • Sales rank: 41,476

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 Jr. Composer
Wally Traugott Mastering
Frank Sinatra Jr. Liner Notes
Alexis Davis Director
Harold Adamson Composer
Edward Eliscu Composer
Jacques Revaux Composer
Claude Fran├žois Composer
Gilles Thibault Composer
Mann Holiner Composer
Billy Rose Composer
L.E. Freeman Composer
Sol Parker Composer
Bobby Milano Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great tribute to ol' blue eyes

    Can she get any more amazing? I think Keely Smith is around seventy now and her voice is still a true classic. On her newest album Keely Sings Sinatra she pays tribute to ol¿ blues eyes by covering seventeen of his songs with true heart felt emotion. From what I have read, Sinatra heard the master of Keely Sings Sinatra before he passed away and raved about it, saying, ¿Injun (that was his nickname for Keely), when did you start singing like this?¿ She replied by saying, ¿I always sang like this, you just never listened.¿ This album is a great tribute to a timeless icon and his timeless songs including ¿My Way¿ and ¿New York, New York¿.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worth Purchasing! Keely is at her best!

    Haven¿t you always wondered what some of Sinatra¿s songs would sound like if a woman sang them? Well, wonder no longer and just buy this fabulous album! Keely Smith not only was a great singer who came of age during Sinatra¿s heyday, she also happened to be a really close friend of his. This only adds to the appeal of her latest album ¿ ¿Keely Sings Sinatra¿. Keely voice is better than ever on this collection of Sinatra standards. All of his best are represented in this collection ¿ including, ¿My Way¿, ¿I Got You Under My Skin¿, and ¿Angel Eyes¿. The Chairman of the Board would no doubt be proud of this incredible album. Recommended not only for fans of Keely, but also casual fans of Mr. Sinatra. You will NOT be disappointed!

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