Released in early 1961, Sinatra's Swingin' Session!!! is one of the last albums the Chairman of the Board made for Capitol before leaving for Reprise. Like most of Sinatra's Capitol recordings, this one shows the singer at the peak of his vocal and interpretive abilities. Nelson Riddle's hard-swinging arrangements of standards like Rodgers and Hart's "Blue Moon," Irving Berlin's "Always," and Cole Porter's "You Do Something to Me" would leave most vocalists in the dust, but Sinatra masters them without ever seeming to break a sweat.
Frank Sinatra's contribution to 20th century music has been immense. His treatment of the classics from the great American Songbook made him into the greatest male interpreter of America's best songs. Many of these will be linked with his name forever. This 4 CD set is made up of 102 tracks including many transcription sides that were never recorded commercially by Sinatra.
The long-awaited first collaboration between two icons, Count Basie and Frank Sinatra, did something unique for the reputations of both. For Basie, the Sinatra connection inaugurated a period in the '60s where his band was more popular and better-known than it ever was, even in the big-band era. For Sinatra, Basie meant liberation, producing perhaps the loosest, rhythmically free singing of his career. Propelled by the irresistible drums of Sonny Payne, Sinatra careens up to and around the tunes, reacting jauntily to the beat and encouraging Payne to swing even harder, which was exactly the way to interact with the Basie rhythm machine – using his exquisite timing flawlessly.
By the end of 2015, exactly December 12, Frank Sinatra would have been 100 years old. An anniversary celebrated around the world for the first six months of 2016 with concerts, exhibitions, initiatives, records. The Hello Frank: The Anniversary Collection contains 12 CDs for a total of 170 songs including the most popular "I´ve got under my skin", "My funny Valentine", "Ol ´my river", "Blue skyes "," Sweet Lorraine "and many more.