Album: Swing and Dance with Frank Sinatra
Artist: Frank Sinatra
Swing and Dance with Frank Sinatra contains some of the most underrated tunes – for example, “Lover” is not only a vocal tour-de-force but also a showcase of stunning musicianship.
However, I do have a few minor qualms: the timing is a little off, for one. Something in Sinatra’s timbre, inflections, etc. — it’s hard to pin down what it is exactly, but it’s just off when compared to, say, Songs for Swingin’ Lovers. His maximum charisma isn’t on full display. Not really jittery, but just a little too quick.
Nevertheless, this would be like picking on Beatles for Sale because it’s not as good as Abbey Road. Swing and Dance may not be Sinatra’s greatest collection of songs, but it’s still the greatest collection of swing songs released in 1950. Sinatra was clearly a superstar in the making, and this album contains all of his superstar potential.
Frank Sinatra’s Swing and Dance with Frank Sinatra has received the following Colin’s Review accolades: