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Francis A. & Edward K.

Francis A. & Edward K. by Frank Sinatra
Released: Jan 1967
Label: Frank Sinatra Enterprises
The only collaboration between Frank Sinatra and Duke Ellington is part missed opportunity, part overlooked gem. Though the entire album doesn't quite gel, there are a few career highlights here for both men. The swinging yet bittersweet reading of "Follow Me" is a strange delight, while "Yellow Days" and "Indian Summer" are simply brilliant. These last two are highlighted by sublime Johnny Hodges solos; Sinatra was blown away by his work. Billy May arranged the charts, and when Nelson Riddle was asked to select his favorite Sinatra arrangement, he bypassed his own work and praised "Indian Summer."
Nick Dedina
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