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Perfectly Frank: Sinatra’s Small-Group Jazz Recordings

SinatraIt was a longstanding disappointment with Frank Sinatra’s fans that he didn’t do more small-group jazz recordings. This week on Night Lights we present some of the ones that he did do, including rare broadcasts from his 1953-55 radio program To Be Perfectly Frank, some late-1940s sides for Columbia, an all-star gathering with Nat King Cole, Coleman Hawkins, and others on “Sweet Lorraine,” a Nelson Riddle arrangement from the LP In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning, and a live date in 1959 with Red Norvo’s combo.

Music Heard On This Episode

Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)
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Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)

Notes: Opening theme.

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The Lady Is a Tramp
Frank Sinatra/Red Norvo — Live in Australia 1959 (Blue Note, 1959)
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Walkin' and Whistlin' Blues/This Can't Be Love
Frank Sinatra — Perfectly Frank (Bravura, 1954)

Notes: From Sinatra's radio show TO BE PERFECTLY FRANK.

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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Frank Sinatra — Perfectly Frank (Bravura, 1954)

Notes: Never recorded commercially by Sinatra.

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Tenderly
Frank Sinatra — Perfectly Frank (Bravura, 1954)

Notes: Never recorded commercially by Sinatra.

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What Is This Thing Called Love
Frank Sinatra — Perfectly Frank (Bravura, 1954)
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Sweet Lorraine
Frank Sinatra/Metronome All-Stars — Columbia Years: 1943-1952 (Columbia, 1946)

Notes: With Nat King Cole on piano, Coleman Hawkins on tenor sax, and members of the Tommy Dorsey and Duke Ellington big bands.

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Why Can't You Behave?
Frank Sinatra/Phil Moore Four — Columbia Years 1943-1952 (Columbia, 1948)

Notes: With Marshall Royal on clarinet.

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Bop! Goes My Heart
Frank Sinatra/Phil Moore Four — Columbia Years 1943-1952 (Columbia, 1948)
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S'posin'
Frank Sinatra/Tony Mottola Trio — Columbia Years 1943-1952 (Columbia, 1947)
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If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight
Frank Sinatra — Perfectly Frank (Bravura, 1954)

Notes: Music-bed for break.

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I'll Be Around
Frank Sinatra — In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning (Capitol, 1955)

Notes: Nelson Riddle's arrangement.

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I Could Have Danced All Night
Frank Sinatra/Red Norvo — Live in Australia 1959 (Blue Note, 1959)
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At Long Last Love
Frank Sinatra/Red Norvo — Live in Australia 1959 (Blue Note, 1959)
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Willow Weep for Me
Frank Sinatra/Red Norvo — Live in Australia 1959 (Blue Note, 1959)
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I've Got You Under My Skin
Frank Sinatra/Red Norvo — Live in Australia 1959 (Blue Note, 1959)
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This Love of Mine
Frank Sinatra — FS After Hours (Artistry, 1954)
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The Most Blues
Frank Sinatra — FS After Hours (Artistry, 1954)
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Blue Moon
Frank Sinatra — FS After Hours (Artistry, 1954)
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Night and Day
Frank Sinatra — FS After Hours (Artistry, 1954)
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Night Lights
Gerry Mulligan — Night Lights (Philips, 1963)

Notes: Closing theme.

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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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