Sinatra-Basie: An Historic Musical First
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General information
Release date(s)
December 10, 1962
October 2–3, 1962
Record Label
Sunny Burke
Product code
Track information
Total tracks
4 / 5[1]
5 / 5[2]
Alternate cover art

Sinatra-Basie: An Historic Musical First, referred to as Sinatra-Basie, is a 1962 studio album of Frank Sinatra. The album is Sinatra's thirty-seventh studio album.

As the title suggests, this is Sinatra's first collaboration with Count Basie and his orchestra.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

  1. "Pennies from Heaven" (Arthur Johnston, Johnny Burke) – 3:29
  2. "Please Be Kind" (Saul Chaplin, Sammy Cahn) – 2:43
  3. "(Love Is) The Tender Trap" (Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 2:37
  4. "Looking at the World Through Rose Colored Glasses" (Jimmy Steiger, Tommy Malie) – 2:32
  5. "My Kind of Girl" (Leslie Bricusse) – 4:37
  6. "I Only Have Eyes for You" (Harry Warren, Al Dubin) – 3:31
  7. "Nice Work if You Can Get It" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 2:37
  8. "Learnin' the Blues" (Dolores Vicki Silvers) – 4:25
  9. "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter" (Fred Ahlert, Joe Young) – 2:36
  10. "I Won't Dance" (Jerome Kern, Jimmy McHugh, Oscar Hammerstein II, Dorothy Fields, Otto Harbach) – 4:07

Reception[edit | edit source]

Allmusic gave Sinatra-Basie a positive four out of five star rating, praising the album's rhythm with its percussion and Sinatra's "free singing" used throughout the album, giving it a very loose and free feel.[1]

Mogo gave the album a perfect five out of five score.[2]

Sinatra-Basie peaked #5 on the Billboard 200 charts in 1963.

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Al Aarons Trumpet
Ted Allen Artwork
Count Basie Performer, Piano
The Count Basie Orchestra Performer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Buddy Catlett Bass
Sonny Cohn Trumpet
Henry Coker Trombone
Eric Dixon Flute, Sax (Tenor), Saxophone
Frank Foster Sax (Tenor), Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes Sax (Baritone), Saxophone
Freddie Green Guitar
James Van Heusen Composer
Thad Jones Trumpet
Sonny Payne Drums
Al Porcino Trumpet
Benny Powell Trombone
Flip Ricard Trumpet
Marshall Royal Clarinet, Sax (Alto), Saxophone
Frank Sinatra Performer, Vocals
Rufus Wagner Trombone
Frank Wess Flute, Sax (Alto), Sax (Tenor), Saxophone

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Allmusic review
  2. 2.0 2.1 Andrew Male Mojo, January 2010, Issue 194.
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