Frank Sinatra recorded two official duet albums during the early '90s, but this fine collection, culled from various radio and television programs over a 13-year period, actually features better duets, even if it is aimed more at collectors rather than casual fans. Some of the highlights include duets with Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Sy Oliver, and Bing Crosby. The finest tracks on the disc aren't even duets at all, but are from two extended sets with pianist Skitch Henderson. One of these tracks with Henderson -- a rip-roaring swing through "Blue Skies" that finds the normally sedate 1940s Sinatra acting more like a bebopper than a crooner -- is especially tasty. The disc also includes a number of duets with famous actors and personalities of the day, and while most are charming, these will probably appeal more to fans of old radio programs rather than to jazz or vocal buffs.
Live Duets 1943-1956 Review
by Nick Dedina