01 July 2015

Frank Sinatra's Masterpiece -- Well, One of Them


I've just been listening to Frank Sinatra's great album Nice N' Easy from 1960, which must be one of the greatest popular music recordings of all time. Sinatra was exploring the lower registers of his voice, which was clear and powerful, Nelson Riddle's arrangements are extraordinary, the song selection is perfect. Sinatra's phrasing and interpretation can only be described as sublime -- intelligent, thoughtful, and infused with deep tenderness, almost the definition of mature.

One masterpiece follows another -- She's Funny That Way, How Deep Is the Ocean, You Go To My Head, Nevertheless, The Nearness of You, Mam'selle -- any singer would be proud to have made a single recording as great as any one of these.

Other albums are better-known, like the exuberant Come Fly With Me, or the game-changing concept album, In the Wee Small Hours; but Nice n' Easy in one for the ages.

The official Frank Sinatra website

Wikipedia article