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Rawls Sings Sinatra
     

Rawls Sings Sinatra

by Lou Rawls
 
Tackling the Sinatra songbook seems like a dicey proposition. Who wants to be compared to one of the greatest singers of all time? Most likely you are going to come up short in comparison. Lou Rawls decided to take on the challenge on his 2003 release Rawls Sings Sinatra, which features Rawls wrapping his distinctive baritone around 12

Overview

Tackling the Sinatra songbook seems like a dicey proposition. Who wants to be compared to one of the greatest singers of all time? Most likely you are going to come up short in comparison. Lou Rawls decided to take on the challenge on his 2003 release Rawls Sings Sinatra, which features Rawls wrapping his distinctive baritone around 12 songs associated with Sinatra. It is produced very cleanly by Billy Vera, arranged swingingly by Benny Golson, and split between up-tempo songs like "Come Fly With Me," "That's Life," and "My Kind of Town/Chicago" and ballads like "All the Way," "One for My Baby (And One More for the Road"), and "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning." Vera and Rawls make a few interesting choices song-wise, picking a few lesser-known songs like "Summer Wind," "The Second Time Around," and "Learnin' the Blues." All the pieces are in place to make this a pleasant exercise in Sinatra-worshipping nostalgia. The only problem is the less-than-perfect state of Rawls' vocals. He definitely shows his age as he occasionally scrapes his way through the trickier passages and growls his way through the swinging tunes. If you can handle him not sounding exactly as he did in his prime, Rawls actually sounds pretty good on most of the disc. In fact on some of the songs, and especially on the ballads like "All the Way" and "One for My Baby (And One More for the Road"), his newfound vocal unsteadiness adds a new shade of vulnerability that is quite interesting. Fans of Rawls who want to live in the past should avoid this disc for certain, but those who are willing to hear the real Rawls of 2003 will find themselves in possession of a pleasant and swinging disc. (Oh yeah, the Sinatra comparison. Does it stack up well against Sinatra in his prime? Not even close. How about against Sinatra when he was 68 as Rawls is in 2003? Well, Sinatra was still better, but not by much.)

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2003
Label:
Savoy Jazz
UPC:
0795041728425
catalogNumber:
17284

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lou Rawls   Primary Artist
Brian Bromberg   Bass
Ray Pizzi   Baritone Saxophone
Benny Golson   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
John Guerin   Drums
Mike Melvoin   Piano
Lon Price   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone
Carl Saunders   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Maurice Spears   Bass Trombone
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Steve Huffsteter   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Fred Jackson   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
George Bohanon   Trumpet,Flugelhorn

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Kelly Gordon   Composer
Steve Backer   Executive Producer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Hank Cicalo   Engineer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Benny Golson   Arranger
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Jimmy Hoyson   Engineer
Henry Mayer   Composer
Mike Melvoin   Arranger
Johnny Mercer   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Billy Vera   Producer,Liner Notes
Dave Mann   Composer
Fred Fisher   Composer
Delores Vicki Silvers   Composer
Dolores Silvers   Composer
Lew Spence   Composer
Dean Kay Thompson   Composer
Hans Bradtke   Composer

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