Sinatra-Basie Sessions Revisited

This article is from 2008


Singer (and now concert promoter) Todd Gordon is no stranger to the music of Frank Sinatra, and has often turned to themed shows built around songs and arrangements associated with the great man. For this outing with the Marcus Pope Big Band (first heard at the Glasgow Jazz Festival in June), he has opted to focus on Sinatra’s celebrated collaborations with the Count Basie Orchestra in the 60s.

Sinatra teamed up with Basie on three recordings, two studio discs – Sinatra-Basie (1962) and It Might As Well Be Swing (1964) – and the arguably even better known live set Sinatra at the Sands (1966). The singer describes the Basie band’s rhythmic momentum thus: ‘It was a joy because all I had to do was just stay up on the crest of the sound and move along with it’.

The Queen’s Hall, 14 Aug, 7.30pm, £18 (£16).

Sinatra-Bassie Sessions Revisited

Todd Gordon and the Marcus Pope Big Band recreate the classic sessions. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'.

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