Sinatra–Basie: An Historic Musical First

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Sinatra-Basie: An Historic Musical First
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 10, 1962 (LP)
May 1, 1998 (CD)
RecordedOctober 2–3, 1962, Hollywood, California
GenreVocal jazz, jazz
Frank Sinatra chronology
Sinatra Sings of Love and Things
Sinatra-Basie: An Historic Musical First
The Concert Sinatra
Count Basie chronology
Basie in Sweden
Sinatra-Basie: An Historic Musical First
On My Way & Shoutin' Again!
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Mojo5/5 stars[2]

Sinatra–Basie: An Historic Musical First (a.k.a. Sinatra-Basie) is a 1962 studio album by Frank Sinatra, arranged by Neal Hefti.

This was the first recording that Sinatra made with the Count Basie Orchestra. In 1964, Sinatra and Basie would make a final studio recording, It Might as Well Be Swing, orchestrated by Quincy Jones, and Sinatra's first live album, Sinatra at the Sands (1966) would feature the Basie band.

Sinatra appeared on an episode of The Dinah Shore Show that aired on December 9, 1962, the day before Sinatra-Basie was released, and performed the album's arrangement of "Please Be Kind".

According to Will Friedwald's book, Sinatra! The Song Is You, "Basie didn't play piano on several of the tracks: 'The day before the first date, we rehearsed all day, all night', said Bill Miller, officially serving as contractor. 'Everybody also came in an hour before so we could go over them again.' As Joe Bushkin has pointed out, 'The Basie guys could read as well as any studio band', but to help them nail the charts even tighter, Sinatra and Miller brought in ace lead trumpeter Al Porcino. Basie was a capable but not an expert reader, Miller continued, 'and he was very slow to learn new tunes, so on a couple of the songs, he said, "You play it."' Long story short, Bill Miller played piano on 'Pennies from Heaven.'"[3]

Track listing[edit]

  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 Mailie) – 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



  1. ^ Ginell, Richard S. "Sinatra-Basie: An Historic Musical First". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  2. ^ Male, Andrew (January 2010). "This Glorious Defeat". Mojo. p. 108.
  3. ^ a b Friedwald, Will (1995). Sinatra!: The Song Is You. New York: Scribner. ISBN 9780684193687.
  4. ^ "Sinatra-Basie: An Historic Musical First". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 August 2017.