Sinatra–Basie: An Historic Musical First

Sinatra–Basie: An Historic Musical First

Sinatra-Basie: An Historic Musical First
Studio album by Frank Sinatra
Released December 10, 1962 (LP)
May 1, 1998 (CD)
Recorded October 2–3, 1962, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Genre Vocal jazz, Traditional pop music
Length 33:05
Label Reprise
FS 1008
Frank Sinatra chronology
Sinatra Sings of Love and Things
Sinatra-Basie: An Historic Musical First
The Concert Sinatra
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Mojo 5/5 stars[2]

Sinatra–Basie: An Historic Musical First (or simply Sinatra-Basie) is a 1962 studio album by Frank Sinatra, arranged by Neal Hefti.

As the title indicates, this was the first recording that Sinatra made with the Count Basie Orchestra. In 1964, Sinatra and Basie would make a final studio recording, It Might as Well Be Swing, orchestrated by Quincy Jones, and Sinatra's first live album, Sinatra at the Sands (1966) would feature the Basie band.

Track listing

  1. "Pennies from Heaven" (Arthur Johnston, Johnny Burke) – 3:29
  2. "Please Be Kind" (Saul Chaplin, Sammy Cahn) – 2:43
  3. "(Love Is) The Tender Trap" (Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 2:37
  4. "Looking at the World Through Rose Colored Glasses" (Jimmy Steiger, Tommy Mailie) – 2:32
  5. "My Kind of Girl" (Leslie Bricusse) – 4:37
  6. "I Only Have Eyes for You" (Harry Warren, Al Dubin) – 3:31
  7. "Ira Gershwin) – 2:37
  8. "Learnin' the Blues" (Dolores Vicki Silvers) – 4:25
  9. "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter" (Fred Ahlert, Joe Young) – 2:36
  10. "I Won't Dance" (Jerome Kern, Jimmy McHugh, Oscar Hammerstein II, Dorothy Fields, Otto Harbach) – 4:07


The Count Basie Orchestra
    • According to Will Friedwald's book, "Sinatra! The Song Is You"

Basie didn't play piano on several of the tracks: "'The day before the first date, we rehearsed all day, all night,"said Bill Miller, officially serving as contractor. "Everybody also came in an hour before so we could go over them again." As Joe Bushkin has pointed out, 'The Basie guys could read as well as any studio band,' but to help them nail the charts even tighter, Sinatra and Miller brought in ace lead trumpeter Al Porcino. Basie was a capable but not an expert reader, Miller continued, 'and he was very slow to learn new tunes, so on a couple of the songs, he said, You play it." Long story short, Bill Miller played piano on "Pennies From Heaven."


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Andrew Male Mojo, January 2010, Issue 194.