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Music of the Day - Only The Lonely

This music is a more recent discovery for me. I haven't been particularly exposed to Frank Sinatra. However, during my travels with the music group I was touring with over the last months, the leader, Michael, took advantage of the many hours spent traveling by car to share his passion for the music of Frank Sinatra. He explained in many details the differences between Sinatra's collaborations with various arrangers such as Nelson Riddle, Gordon Jenkins and Billy May. For Michael, there were no doubts that Sinatra's best work had been with Nelson Riddle. He found Nelson Riddle's arrangement to add weight, depth and complexity where other arrangers would not go beyond light-hearted swinging affairs. And to illustrate this he played us the album "Only the Lonely". I was mesmerized by the opening track, the jazz standard "What's New", and everyone became very quiet in the car. Even after the piece was over none of us felt like speaking for a considerable time. Indeed, this was not the kind of music that I had commonly associated with Sinatra, much darker and chromatic, layered. Whether this is an old-familiar tune or unknown territory for you, here is the piece of music I wish to share with you today: