Frank Sinatra's final TV special, 1981's The Man and His Music: With the Count Basie Orchestra features 15 standards and new classics such as "Pennies From Heaven," "I Get a Kick Out of You," and "The One I Love Belongs to Someone Else." Though the title suggests that Count Basie and his orchestra support Sinatra for the whole program, they appear on just a few songs, which is somewhat disappointing; a string section plays with Sinatra for most of the show, and Tony Mottola supports him on guitar for a gentle reading of "The Girl From Ipanema." Though Sinatra's voice isn't quite at its peak and some of the song selections haven't aged well, his renditions of "Something," "Thanks for the Memory," and "Theme From 'New York, New York'" are still impressive, and fans will still want the last chapter of The Man and His Music in their collections.
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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares
feat: Tony Mottola