A Tribute to Frank Sinatra

A Tribute to Frank Sinatra

by The Blue Dahlia


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A Tribute to Frank Sinatra

Sid Mark, a Philadelphia-based DJ who has played Frank Sinatra's recordings exclusively, once commented that the 20th century officially came to an end when Ol' Blue Eyes died on May 14, 1998. What Mark meant was that Sinatra, more than anyone, defined jazz-influenced pop singing in the 20th century. A Tribute to Frank Sinatra is hardly the first album to pay homage to the pop icon, and you can rest assured that it won't be the last. Thankfully, Blue Dahlia singer Athan Maroulis knows better than to provide a slavish, knee-jerk imitation of Sinatra's vocal style. Sinatra is a major influence on the crooner, but so are Billy Eckstine and Mel Tormé -- and all of those influences assert themselves when he offers 1940s-like interpretations of "Night and Day," "Laura," and other standards that Sinatra recorded during his youth. For the most part, Maroulis isn't paying tribute to the cocky, strutting, post-1949 Sinatra who recorded for Capitol and Reprise, but rather, the young Bing Crosby-loving crooner who recorded for Columbia in the 1940s. However, he does interpret "New York, New York," which Sinatra didn't record until 1979 -- and Maroulis shows what the tune might have sounded like had Sinatra recorded it 35 years earlier. But again, Maroulis isn't trying to be a faceless Sinatra clone; as derivative as the Blue Dahlia is, Maroulis always comes across as his own person on this enjoyable, 1940s-minded CD.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/20/2001
Label: Cleopatra
UPC: 0741157098228
catalogNumber: 982

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blue Dahlia   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Jillian Armenante   Vocals
Robert Drasnin   Clarinet
Athan Maroulis   Vocals
Don Bonebrake   Drums
Skip Heller   Guitar
Mick Bolger   Trumpet,Valve Trombone
Dan Brownfield   Bass
Hank Van Sickle   Bass
Jay Work   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Howard Greene   Drums
Mike Rocke   Piano

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Adolph Green   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
David Raksin   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Jillian Armenante   Duet
Athan Maroulis   Art Direction
Russ Columbo   Composer
Skip Heller   Arranger,Producer
Eunah Lee   Graphic Design
Clarence Gaskill   Composer
Steven H. Bardo   Engineer
C. Carson Parks   Composer

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