Sessions with Sinatra: Frank Sinatra and the Art of Recording

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Frank Sinatra was not only the greatest popular singer of the century—he was also the ultimate recording artist. In addition to introducing and perfecting a unique vocal style, he was also his own in-studio producer—personally supervising every aspect of his recordings, from choosing the songs and arrangers to making minute adjustments in mike placement. One of the thrills of listening to Sinatra is wondering how he did it—and this book explains it all, bringing the dedicated fan and the casual music lover alike into the recording studio to glimpse the fascinating working methods he introduced and mastered in his quest for recorded perfection. Featuring 100 photographs of Sinatra working with orchestras and arrangers, listening to playbacks, and, of course, singing, Sessions with Sinatra tells the whole story of how he created the Sinatra sound and translated the most intense personal emotions into richly worked-out songs of unrivalled expressiveness.

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ADVANCED PRAISE FOR SESSIONS WITH SINATRA:

NANCY SINATRA:

"My dad's love and respect for music knew no bounds, and could be felt in the intensity of his concentration in the studio. This book is precious, for it documents the care and thoughtfulness that accompanied the creation of his greatest recordings. Chuck Granata is a fount of information..."

QUINCY JONES:

"'Sessions With Sinatra' is written from the heart; a refreshing and accurate portrait of the wonderful relationship Frank had with musicians, and the depth of his understanding of music. The perfect balance between heart and mind, Chuck's impressive study of one of the most respected figures of the 20th century captures the true spirit of the beautiful human being I knew Sinatra to be. In musical terms, this book's got chops!"

ROSEMARY CLOONEY:

"'Sessions with Sinatra' is the way you get to know the most important singer of this or any other century. It was always about the music.

DAVID WILD, Senior Editor, Rolling Stone magazine:

"As a Sinatra disciple, I always dreamed of being there at the creation. At its best, Charles L. Granata's 'Sessions With Sinatra' makes me feel as though I was."

PHIL RAMONE, Grammy-award winning record producer:

"Whatever inspired Frank Sinatra to be the person he was, he mentored for everyone in the world the art of recording. If you have any sort of passion for the music, this book has all of the answers you probably need to know. Within these pages, Chuck Granata draws on his deep knowledge of both Sinatra's craft and the fine details of the recording process to explain the most important part of Sinatra's legacy: his personal discipline in the recording studio. No recording career has ever been chronicled in quite this way."

WILL FRIEDWALD, acclaimed author/music critic:

"'Sessions With Sinatra' is a delight! Frank Sinatra completely changed the course of what Chuck Granata refers to as the 'art' of recording - his book tells how and why. From the cylinder to the CD, and from Thomas Alva Edison to Harry 'Sweets' Edison, it's all told from a Frank-ish perspective in order to illustrate how the century's greatest singer impacted upon the medium. There's no other book like it, and you will learn tons about Sinatra that you never knew before - I know I did."

SID MARK, WWDB Radio, host of the syndicated 'Sounds of Sinatra' programs:

"During my forty-plus year association with Mr. Sinatra, I had the pleasure of joining him onstage, backstage - we even lifted one or two. The only major void in my professional life was a visit to a Sinatra recording session. Now, with a personal invitation from Chuck Granata, my dream has come true. How nice it was to visit with so many old friends again!"

About the Author:

Charles L. Granata is one of the world's experts on Sinatra, acts as the project director/producer for all of his Columbia recordings, and has completed hundreds of interviews with people who worked with Sinatra on his records. He lives in Livingston, New Jersey.

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