Dear Mr. Sinatra

Dear Mr. Sinatra

by John PizzarelliJohn Pizzarelli


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Frank Sinatra, though not a jazz singer, was long respected by jazz musicians for his natural ability to get the best out of a song while developing a trademark approach to singing that had great appeal. While many recorded tributes to Sinatra since his death have been abysmal at best, vocalist and guitarist John Pizzarelli knows a little something about swinging and finding the essence of each song. Backed by the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, with whom Pizzarelli toured prior to the making of this CD, along with arrangements by John Clayton, Don Sebesky, Dick Lieb, and Quincy Jones, he sought to focus primarily on songs written with Sinatra in mind, though taking new approaches to each of them. Dear Mr. Sinatra opens with an over-the-top rendition of "Ring-A-Ding-Ding." Clayton's sensitive writing for reeds provides the perfect backdrop for Pizzarelli's warm vocals in "If I Had You." The singer works magic in another fine Clayton chart, "I've Got You Under My Skin," delivering the goods in a sensitive interpretation. Pizzarelli is backed only by pianist Tamir Hendelman in the miniature scoring of "The Last Dance," which serves as a perfect finale. Only three of the tracks clock in at over four minutes, so there's not much of a focus upon instrumental solos, though Pizzarelli's guitar is featured in "Witchcraft." With a total time just under 40 minutes, the program is a little short by CD standards, but the performances by John Pizzarelli and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra in this warm tribute to Old Blue Eyes are consistently of high caliber and hit the mark every time.

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Product Details

Release Date: 07/18/2006
Label: Telarc
UPC: 0089408363825
catalogNumber: 83638
Rank: 119197


  1. Ring-A-Ding Ding
  2. You Make Me Feel So Young
  3. How About You?
  4. If I Had You
  5. Witchcraft
  6. I've Got You Under My Skin
  7. Nice 'N' Easy
  8. Medley: I See Your Face Before Me/In the Wee Small Hours (Of the ...)
  9. Can't We Be Friends?
  10. Yes Sir, That's My Baby
  11. Last Dance

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Pizzarelli   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Jeff Hamilton   Drums
Bucky Pizzarelli   Guitar,Vocals
Charles Owens   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Rickey Woodard   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Lee Callet   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Gilbert Castellanos   Trumpet
Jeff Clayton   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
John Clayton   Bass,Clarinet,Conductor,Bass Guitar,Alto Saxophone
Sal Cracchiolo   Trumpet
Keith Fiddmont   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Ira Nepus   Trombone
Bobby Rodriguez   Trumpet
Maurice Spears   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Christoph Luty   Bass,Bass Guitar
Robbie Hioki   Trombone,Bass Trombone
George Bohanon   Trombone
Tamir Hendelman   Piano
Charles Owens   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Ryan Porter   Trombone
Bijon Watson   Trumpet
James Ford   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Paul James   Composer
Cy Coleman   Composer
Quincy Jones   Arranger
Bucky Pizzarelli   Liner Notes
Josef Myrow   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
David Blumberg   Orchestration,Orchestral Manager
Sammy Cahn   Composer
John Clayton   Arranger,Orchestration
Howard Dietz   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Don Sebesky   Arranger
Mack Gordon   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Burton Lane   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Robert Woods   Producer
Harold Kilianski   Engineer
Robert Friedrich   Engineer
Anilda Carrasquillo   Art Direction
Dave Mann   Composer
Kay Swift   Composer
Chris Walden   Arranger,Orchestration,Orchestral Manager
Ted Shapiro   Composer
Carolyn Leigh   Composer
Reginald Connelly   Composer
Ralph Freed   Composer
Lewis Spence   Composer
Paul James   Composer

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