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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.

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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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