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It Might As Well Be Swing

1964 Reprise

Tracks

1. Fly Me To The Moon
2. I Wish You Love
3. I Believe In You
4. More
5. I Can't Stop Loving You
6. Hello, Dolly!
7. I Wanna Be Around
8. The Best Is Yet To Come
9. The Good Life
10. Wives And Lovers

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The second set for Sinatra and Basie, augmented by strings. . . .

Quincy Jones: 'I remember when I arranged the album for your Dad and Basie. We worked out at Warner Brothers. Frank was in bungalow, and next door was Dean's dressing room. Your Dad put me in there to write the arrangements. I stayed in one weekend, working. I fell asleep about seven o'clock on Monday morning. At about eight o'clock there was a knock on the door. And it was your Dad in an army uniform. saying, "How do you like your eggs?" I'll never forget that. It was like waking up in a dream, Sinatra asking me, "How do you like your eggs, Q?"'

Q wrote some of his best arrangements for this album. Beautiful stuff. My favorite is 'The Best Is Yet to Come,' but Neil Armstrong, Buz Aldrin, and Mike Collins didn't agree with me. They liked Pop, Bill, and Quincy's 'Fly Me to the Moon' so much they took it with them aboard Apollo XI on July 16, 1969. One of the great thrills of our lives was hearing Pop singing to us–from outer space via Mission Control!

For the speed with which it all worked, Q admired Dad's concentration and Basie's economy. He also felt the Basie band was a cohesive group that couldn't be touched by a studio band. Each time he wrote an arrangement they liked, 'they just took it from there.' They added distinctive personality to the score.

Quincy explained why he hired extra horn players for the album. 'By having extra men in reserve we don't have to disturb a singer's groove. There are times when a singer who is building a groove and building a picture on a song might have to stop and wait until the blood comes back into the trumpet players' lips.'

About Basie and Sinatra, Jones noted that both have 'the remarkable ability to eliminate the negative.' And about my father, Q said, 'So far as I can put the essence of Frank into words, I'd say that he just makes everything work. He makes everything fit.'

From Nancy Sinatra's Book: Frank Sinatra: My Father

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