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With the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra interpreting swinging big band arrangements, John Pizzarelli captures the spirit of Frank Sinatra's memorable years with the bands of Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Count Basie and others. His aim here is not to emulate Sinatra, but to honor him with the songs that he sang so effectively. How can we ever forget?
The program includes eleven familiar songs from the Sinatra years, all presented as brief arrangements that keep creative soloing to a minimum. Pizzarelli's guitar provides a number of well-constructed solos, but they too are also abbreviated. His wordless vocals with unison guitar provide several of the session's high points.
If I Had You features a clarinet choir in a tender interpretation that strolls leisurely at a slow, romantic pace. "I've Got You Under My Skin features Pizzarelli's suave vocal sashay alongside a sensual battery of genteel wind players. "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning features a slow and steady walk that Pizzarelli delivers convincingly. "Last Dance closes the album with a sad and forlorn sign-off that recalls the emotional impact that Frank Sinatra held in the palm of his hand.
Along with Pizzarelli's Swing Era vocals and his always refreshing guitar interludes, Dear Mr. Sinatra features brief but creative solos from John Clayton, Jeff Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, Rickey Woodard, Tamir Hendelman and Bucky Pizzarelli.
Track Listing: Ring-A-Ding Ding; You Make Me Feel So Young; How About You?; If I Had You; Witchcraft;
Ive Got You Under My Skin; Nice n Easy; Medley: I See Your Face Before Me/In the Wee Small
Hours of the Morning; Cant We Be Friends?; Yes Sir, Thats My Baby; Last Dance.
Personnel: John Pizzarelli: guitars, vocals; The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra: John Clayton: conductor, bass; Jeff Clayton: alto saxophone, clarinet; Jeff Hamilton: drums; Keith Fiddmont: alto saxophone, clarinet; Rickey Woodard, Charles Owens: tenor saxophone, clarinet; Lee Callet: baritone saxophone, bass clarinet; Bijon Watson, Sal Cracchiolo, Gilbert Castellanos, Bobby Rodriguez, James Ford: trumpet; Ira Nepus, George Bohanon, Ryan Porter: trombone; Robbie Hioki, Maurice Spears: bass trombone; Tamir Hendelman: piano; Christoph Luty: bass; John Bucky Pizzarelli: guitar.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.