Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Reissues

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Reissues

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Frank Sinatra with the Red Norvo Quintet: Live in Australia, 1959

Blue Note Cello Remastered (1997)

There was a time when Frank Sinatra was a true jazz singer, performing with real jazz ensembles. The jazz element of his performances tended to depend on the musical environment he was in. With Count Basie and Tommy Dorsey, he was a jazz singer. With other groups, he was more of pop singer. But Sinatra always appealed to jazz musicians because his phrasing and breath control were as personal as their solos. After emerging from a sluggish career in the early 1950s, Sinatra scored big with his collaborations with arranger/conductor Nelson Riddle. But Sinatra loved the small ensemble setting--his favorite being with the small groups of vibraphonist Red Norvo. On this re-issue of a live recording, Norvo expanded to a quintet and included saxophonist Jerry Dodgion, pianist Bill Miller, guitarist Jimmy Wyble, bassist Red Wooten and drummer John Markham. …

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