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BOOK REVIEWS

The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums

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The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums Will Friedwald 432 pages ISBN: 0307379078 Pantheon 2017 Will Friedwald has written a nice fat, fact-laden book, closely analyzing each song on the fifty-one albums he's chosen. Comparing his responses to one's own is interesting, but what really makes this book valuable is the extensive context he provides for each album. Friedwald has been operating in the world of jazz and pop vocals for ...

BOOK REVIEWS

The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums

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The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums Will Friedwald 432 pages ISBN: 0307379078 Pantheon 2017 The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums is unique and Will Friedwald, who has extensive knowledge of and affection for singers and songs, has mined an area all his own. Sure, there are books about singers--jazz and pop--and reviews of their albums. Many of them are excellent, but I know of none that select 57 “great" albums and ...

FROM THE INSIDE OUT

New Sinatra DVD Collection: Beautiful Stories in Song

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In September 2017, Eagle Rock Entertainment released the final three titles in The Frank Sinatra Collection, six shows and performances which collectively present highlights from four decades of studio, concert and television performances by The Chairman of the Board. The Royal Festival Hall (1962) & Live at Carnegie Hall captures Ol' Blue Eyes performing before royalty at a children's charity event in London, and in New York City's most famous concert hall. Live from Caesars Palace & The ...

DVD/FILM REVIEWS

Frank Sinatra: Portrait Of An Album | Sinatra Sings

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Frank Sinatra Portrait Of An Album | Sinatra Sings Eagle Rock Entertainment 2017 The third release in The Frank Sinatra Collection concludes with the compilation Sinatra Sings, a retrospective of particularly memorable moments across forty years of Sinatra performances in the studio, on the stage, and on TV, narrated by his daughter Tina. But it opens with the remarkable Portrait of an Album, which documents the recording sessions for L.A. Is My Lady ...

DVD/FILM REVIEWS

Frank Sinatra: Live From Caesar’s Palace | The First 40 Years

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Frank Sinatra Live From Caesar's Palace | The First 40 Years Eagle Rock Entertainment 2017 As the National Academy of Recording Arts so wonderfully puts it: “Frank Sinatra didn't put Las Vegas on the map, but he certainly made it worth the trip." (Sin-atra City: The Story of Frank Sinatra and Las Vegas) The second DVD in this series also maintains a theme, with two late 1970s shows from Caesar's Palace. Sinatra strides ...

DVD/FILM REVIEWS

Frank Sinatra: The Royal Festival Hall (1962) | Live At Carnegie Hall

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Frank Sinatra The Royal Festival Hall (1962) | Live At Carnegie Hall Eagle Rock Entertainment 2017 The first DVD in this series combines full-length shows from two of the world's most famous concert halls, one on each side of the Atlantic: The Royal Festival Hall, recorded during Sinatra's 1962 world tour to raise money for children's charities; and a 1980 performance following the release of his Trilogy album (1980, Reprise) captured Live at Carnegie Hall. ...

THE VINYL POST

Frank Sinatra: Ultimate Sinatra

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Come this December, the world will celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the birth of Frank Sinatra. In a recording career that spanned well over fifty years, Sinatra's iconic voice managed to speak to generations of fans across the globe. To mark this special centennial, Universal Music has opted to put together several configurations of a compilation simply entitled Ultimate Sinatra. For those wanting the royal treatment, you have available the 4-CD set that spans some 101 tracks and also ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Ultimate Sinatra: A Very Good Compilation

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On December 12, 1915, Francis Albert Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. This single birth in this sleepy borough was the first tremor in a musical earthquake that changed the cultural landscape all around the world, forever. On April 21, 2015, in celebration of Frank Sinatra's centennial year, Capitol/UMe released the first career retrospective that surveys the complete recording history of “The Chairman of the Board." Drawn from his recordings for Columbia (1943-'52), Capitol (1953-'62; 1993-'94) and ...

BUILDING A JAZZ LIBRARY

Frank Sinatra

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In the 1950s and '60s, there erupted into the world's consciousness a series of celebrities so unique and identifiable, from several different public arenas, that they were known by only one name. It was as if those were names were mythical and could not possibly be mistaken for anyone else. Elvis. Martin and Malcolm. Marilyn. John Paul George and Ringo. Ali. And Sinatra. Frank Sinatra released hit albums for half a century. His career began to take off ...

TOP TEN LIST

Top Ten Jazz Songs of My Childhood, Thus Far

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For some reason, listening to the Great American Songbook was a big part of my Italian immigrant-boomer generation's experience. We learned the values, the rules, the moves and the customs of the folks we wanted to be like. And added a couple of distinctive touches of our own. We liked big bands too. But it wasn't All Frank, All the Time... well, not quite. 1. Maynard Ferguson: “Come Blow Your Horn" From Come Blow ...