May 19, 2015

#62: Sinatra and Riddle do that voodoo that they do so well

Get ready for one and a half minutes of adrenalin-releasing awesomeness:

This song, written by Cole Porter in 1929, does somethin' to me. I love the way Sinatra sings "mystifies me": jazzy, elegant, and Frankly-romantic, all at once. The revved-up Riddle arrangement is like being the victim of a hit-and-run, but in a good way.

Will Friedwald writes about Swingin' Session!!!, Sinatra's last Capitol album with Nelson Riddle:

Riddle had all the arrangements ready to go, but, as he later recalled, when Sinatra arrived at the date the singer surprised him by announcing that he wanted to do all the tunes at tempos twice as fast as he had previously planned. . . . So it's damn the torpedos, full speed ahead.
And it worked. Frank and Nelson and the band justified all three exclamation marks. This is the first of four faves from SSS, one of which makes my top twenty.

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