It Might as Well Be Swing

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It Might as Well Be Swing
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1964
RecordedJune 9–12, 1964, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
GenreVocal jazz, traditional pop
Length27:22
LabelReprise
FS 1012
ProducerSonny Burke
Frank Sinatra chronology
America, I Hear You Singing
(1964)
It Might as Well Be Swing
(1964)
12 Songs of Christmas
(1964)
Count Basie chronology
Basie Land
(1963)
It Might as Well Be Swing
(1964)
Our Shining Hour
(1964)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide2/5 stars[2]

It Might as Well Be Swing is a 1964 studio album by Frank Sinatra, accompanied by Count Basie and his orchestra. It was Sinatra's first studio recording arranged by Quincy Jones.

This was Sinatra and Basie's second collaboration after 1963's Sinatra-Basie.

Sinatra's cover version of "Hello Dolly" on the album features a new second verse improvised by Sinatra, which pays tribute to Louis Armstrong, who had topped the Billboard charts with his own version of the song earlier in 1964.

It Might as Well Be Swing is a reference to the title of the well known jazz standard "It Might as Well Be Spring".

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Fly Me to the Moon"Bart Howard2:30
2."I Wish You Love"Léo Chauliac, Charles Trenet, Albert Beach2:56
3."I Believe in You"Frank Loesser2:21
4."More (Theme from Mondo Cane)"Riz Ortolani, Nino Oliviero, Marcello Ciorciolini, Norman Newell3:05
5."I Can't Stop Loving You"Don Gibson3:00
6."Hello, Dolly!"Jerry Herman2:45
7."I Wanna Be Around"Johnny Mercer, Sadie Vimmerstedt2:25
8."The Best Is Yet to Come"Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh3:10
9."The Good Life"Sacha Distel, Jack Reardon2:30
10."Wives and Lovers"Burt Bacharach, Hal David2:50
Total length:27:32

Personnel[edit]

The Count Basie Orchestra
String section
  • Gerald Vinci, Israel Baker, Jacques Gasselin, Thelma Beach, Bonnie Douglas, Marshall Sosson, Erno Neufeld, Lou Raderman, Paul Shure and James Getzoff - violins
  • Virginia Majewski, Paul Robyn, Alvin Dinkin and Stan Harris - violas
  • Edgar Lustgarten and Ann Goodman - cellos
Production
  • Sonny Burke - producer
  • Lowell Frank - engineer
  • Ted Allen - cover photo
  • Gregg Geller - 1998 reissue producer
  • Lee Herschberg - 20-bit digital mastering

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 20. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.