Frank Sinatra never let florid technique get in the way of his superb interpretation of a song, a trait that places him more in the tradition of the cabaret singer than the jazz singer. In performance, Sinatra continually explored the essence of a lyric (not a tune, usually) to get closer to what the song could say for him and to those who heard it. For all that, Sinatra was still a superb jazz singer, as shown on this selection of songs from the latter half of his stay at Columbia (from 1946 through 1952). A few of these inclusions ("The Hucklebuck," "S'posin'") don't make sense in this conceptual work, but it's a worthy obscurist compilation; highlights include Sinatra's version of "Sweet Lorraine" and a languorous two-part duet with Pearl Bailey on "A Little Learnin' Is a Dangerous Thing."
AllMusic Review by John Bush