Frank Sinatra

After Hours with Bill Miller at the Piano

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There was a radio program broadcast by NBC from 1953-1955 called Perfectly Frank: After Hours With Frank Sinatra. The show was broadcast two days a week, and was picked up by Armed Forces Radio. These sessions on Artistry 3001 compile 31 of the tracks, being the complete listing from the tapes of those radio shows, plus two more. What those two are, however, are debated hotly by Sinatra-ophiles worldwide. There is also no guarantee that Bill Miller is indeed the pianist on these sessions, but probably was on at least one of them. The lineups were probably, though no definitive data was ever given, Bill Miller and Graham Forbes on piano; Johnny Blowers and Alvin Stoller on drums; John Ryan and Joe Comfort on bass; Tony Mottola and Alan Reuss on guitar; and Sonny Salad and Abe Most on reeds and flute. Given that this CD is taken from actual taped copies of the programs, and not actual transcriptions, the quality varies from track to track, though none of them are poor, and it can be said that every instrument is hearable in the mix. Some of the performances include "That Old Black Magic," "Someone to Watch Over Me," "September Song," "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams," "It's Only a Paper Moon," "My Funny Valentine," "All of Me," "Everything Happens to Me," "I've Got the World on a String," and many more. The performances themselves are top-notch, and probably a must for any serious Sinatra collector, but strictly a dubious luxury for the rest of us since this is more than likely a pirate.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:55
2 2:08
feat: Glenn Miller
4 2:59
5 2:32
feat: Glenn Miller
8 2:34
9 1:51
10 2:24
11 2:38
12 2:34
feat: Glenn Miller
14 2:14
15 2:04
feat: Glenn Miller
17 2:31
18 1:21
19 1:41
20 1:44
21 1:43
22 3:03
23 1:56
25 1:30
26 1:47
27 1:31
28 1:19
29 1:44
30 2:07
feat: Max Miller
32 2:21
33 2:28
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