It Might as Well Be Swing

It Might as Well Be Swing

by Count Basie


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Frank Sinatra and Count Basie's second collaboration, It Might as Well Be Swing, was a more structured, swing-oriented set than Sinatra-Basie, and in many ways the superior album. The album consists of then-recently written songs, arranged as if they were swing numbers. The results work splendidly, not just because arranger/conductor Quincy Jones found the core of each of the songs, but because Basie and his band were flexible. Adding a string section to their core band, Basie plays a more standard swing than he did on Sinatra-Basie, but that doesn't mean It Might as Well Be Swing is devoid of jazz. Both Basie and Sinatra manage to play with the melodies and the beat, even though the album never loses sight of its purpose as a swing album. However, what makes It Might as Well Be Swing more successful is the consistently high level of the performances. On their previous collaboration, both Sinatra and Basie sounded a bit worn out, but throughout this record they play with energy and vigor.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/17/1990
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0075992702744
catalogNumber: 1012

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Count Basie   Primary Artist,Piano,Track Performer
Frank Sinatra   Vocals,Track Performer
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Freddie Green   Guitar
Quincy Jones   Conductor
Grover Mitchell   Trombone
Marshall Royal   Reeds
Wallace Davenport   Trumpet
Aarons   Trumpet
Porcino   Trumpet
Israel Baker   Violin
Thelma Beach   Violin
Henderson Chambers   Trombone
George Cohn   Trumpet
Henry Coker   Trombone
Alvin Dinkin   Viola
Eric Dixon   Reeds
Bonnie Douglas   Violin
Frank Foster   Vibes
Charlie Fowlkes   Reeds
Jacques Gasselin   Violin
James Getzoff   Violin
Bill Hughes   Trombone
Edgar Lustgarten   Cello
Virginia Majewski   Viola
Erno Neufeld   Violin
Sonny Payne   Drums
Don Rader   Trumpet
Lou Raderman   Violin
Emil Richards   Vibes
Paul Robyn   Viola
Kenny Shroyer   Trombone
Paul Shure   Violin
Marshall Sosson   Violin
Gerald Vinci   Violin
Frank Wess   Reeds
Stanley Harris   Viola
Ann Goodman   Cello

Technical Credits

Quincy Jones   Arranger
Sonny Burke   Producer
Lowell Frank   Engineer
Gregg Geller   Producer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Sadie Vimmerstadt   Composer
Stan Cornyn   Liner Notes
Bart Howard   Composer

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It Might as Well Be Swing 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite Sinatra CD. There just isn't a bad track on it. Count Basie is fabulous as well. The band and Sinatra complement each other perfectly.