Down Beat (p.65) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "He has chosen wisely...Pizzarelli is backed by nine bright big band charts...all crisply played by the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra..."
JazzTimes (p.84) - "[S]marter and eminently more pleasurable than the dozens of cookie-cutter tributes that have preceded it."
Personnel: John Pizzarelli (guitar); Jeff Clayton , Keith Fiddmont (clarinet, alto saxophone); Rickey Woodard, Charles Owen (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Lee Callet (bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); Gilbert Castellanos, James Ford , Sal Cracchiolo, Bobby Rodriguez, Bijon Watson (trumpet); George Bohanon, Maurice Spears, Robbie Hioki, Ira Nepus, Ryan Porter (trombone); Tamir Hendelman (piano); John Clayton, Christoph Luty (bass instrument); Jeff Hamilton (drums).
John Pizzarelli is noted for his sensitive vocals, which recall the relaxed stylings of Nat "King" Cole and Chet Baker, as well as for his fluid, inventive guitar playing. On this album of covers of songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Pizzarelli wisely avoids the pitfalls of Ol' Blue Eyes imitations in favor of his own intimate approach, best heard on the set's more relaxed arrangements, like "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Nice and Easy," and "You Make Me Feel So Young." Both attention-grabbing and supportive, his expertly arranged big band accompaniment likewise evokes the ring-a-ding-ding of the Rat Pack era while steering clear of mere pastiche.
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