Frank Sinatra turned 80 in 1995, and Capitol released this two-disc "best of" in celebration. Sinatra's initial tenure at Capitol, which lasted from 1953 to 1962, is generally considered to be his artistic watermark. His voice and technique had improved considerably since his initial peak of popularity in the mid-'40s (the "swinging" phrasing most commonly associated with Sinatra's style really came to the fore during the Capitol years); he also had the good fortune to work with Nelson Riddle and Billy May, whose inventive arrangements certainly brought out the best in Sinatra's singing. This set's song selection is tough to argue with, but you'll really need to get all of Sinatra's Capitol albums to gauge the true measure of the man's artistry. ~ Dan Epstein
On her "jazz piano tribute to Frank Sinatra," Beegie Adair addresses 12 songs performed at one time or another by Sinatra. They range from actual signature songs (Kander & Ebb's "New York, New York") to songs specially written for Sinatra ("Nice ‘N Easy," "Come Fly with Me"), all the way to songs he just happened to have recorded, even if they weren't particularly associated with him ("Just in Time," which, if anything, is known more for Sinatra pal Dean Martin's version, since he sang it in the film Bells Are Ringing, or for Tony Bennett, who had a chart single with it). In any case, the songs provide a good means for Adair, along with her rhythm section, to present swing arrangements centering on her piano.