Celia Sings Sinatra
For his eight CD release in the last ten years and his first in the jazz standard genre, Phil Celia joins forces with The Bob Merrill Trio to deliver 11 great classics that defined the Frank Sinatra of the early 1960's. With trio adaptations based on the original charts of Nelson Riddle, Quincy Jones, Neil Hefti, Billy May and others from that period, this new recording captures the feel of a big band with only the standard jazz trio format. In a credible tribute to one of America's finest talents, Phil Celia and Trio communicate the energy, passion, loneliness and tenderness that defined the Sinatra of the 1960's. From the opening of 'Come Fly with Me' and I've Got You Under My Skin', through the salon infused 'One for My Baby', the exhilaration of 'Fly Me to the Moon', the regret of 'Angle Eyes' and the defining message in 'You're Nobody Until Somebody Loves You', Phil Celia and trio stay the course to a rowdy conclusion. Bob Merrill's playing captures the feel of Count Basie's unique rhythmic approach, Perry Celia beats like a young, vibrant Sonny Payne and Genevieve Rose pounds on the upright bass into a frenzy. Phil Celia's vocals bring a distinctive edge to 'the voice' without straying towards imitation. This is a recording full of energy and great song selection. You'll have it in constant rotation.