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Frank & Nancy Sinatra: Somethin’ Stupid

Frank Sinatra’s most celebrated collaboration of the 60s wasn’t with an orchestra or a luminary songwriter, but with his daughter, Nancy Sinatra. The song Somethin’ stupid had first appeared a year before the Sinatras shared their love for singing with each other. It was originally a duet between C. Carson Parks and his wife, Gaile Foote, written by Parks himself. Somethin’ Stupid tells a story about a man and a woman enjoying each other’s company until one of them spoils that by saying Somethin’ Stupid….”And then I go and spoil it all by saying somethin’ stupid like, ‘I love you’” the chorus sings. The track was issued in 1967 as a single and later appeared on Frank Sinatra’s 1967 album The World We Knew. Frank and Nancy’s version keeps the basic arrangement of the original, but while Parks and Foote’s vocals are well complementary to each other, the Sinatras’ were a bit harsh on the surface, pushing Nancy Sinatra’s voice under Frank Sintra‘s. Somethin’ Stupid was nominated for the Record Of The Year at the 10th Grammy Awards, losing …

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Dave Brubeck: In Your Own Sweet Way

In Your Own Sweet Way was written around 1952, published in 1955 and later released on July 16, 1956, on Brubeck Plays Brubeck. The same year Miles Davis recorded the standard twice — once in March with Sonny Rollins as the quintet’s saxophonist, and in May with John Coltrane and released it on his 1959’s album – Workin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet. In 1960, Wes Montgomery covered and featured the standard as the 6th track on his fourth album The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery. Later in 1963, Clare Fischer recorded a solo piano version which was then featured on his album Easy Livin’ released in 1966 as a limited edition and reissued in 1968 again. Bill Evans also included the standard on the live album Time Remembered’s 1999 cd track list. Many other artists have covered the jazz standard since its publication. Listen.

The Peak – La Javanaise

Serge Gainsbourg wrote and composed la Javanaise originally for Juliette Gréco, and interpreted by both her and Serge Gainsbourg in 1963. The story behind the song goes: One summer evening in 1962, Gréco and Gainsbourg spent the evening listening to records and drinking champagne in the huge lounge at 33, rue de Verneuil. The next day, he sent her La Javanaise. The song has been used in many movies. From 1998s romantic comedy Dieu seul me voit (Only God Sees Me) to 2017s academy award wining romantic dark fantasy The Shape of Water and it has been as fascinating every single time.

The Peak – Bill Evans & Jim Hall – Skating In Central Park

Skating In Central Park was originally written by John Lewis for Odds Against Tomorrow, a 1959’s film produced and directed by Robert Wise. The Modern Jazz Quartet recorded the tune for the film and for their album Music from Odds Against Tomorrow and released it in 1959 on United Artists Record. Bill Evans and Jim Hall re-record the waltz and released it on their 1962 album Undercurrent on United Artists, which Jazz critic Pete Welding stated: “This collaboration between Evans and Hall has resulted in some of the most beautiful, thoroughly ingratiating music it has been my pleasure to hear—now or any other time.” The album cover for Undercurrent is originally Toni Frissell’s photograph Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida.