This is one of my essential albums: Fred Astaire singing songs written just for him, accompanied by some of the finest jazz players of the 50s. The quality of songwriting Astaire inspired is extraordinary: a glance at the titles shows a huge number of truly great songs, all witty, melodic and swinging. Astaire never considered himself much of a singer, but in fact he is a wonderful jazz vocalist, using his lissom voice to glide through songs as effortlessly as when he danced, with a great sense of rhythm. He also shows a non-pareil ability to communicate lyrics, which may be the quality above all that made him a songwriter's best friend. Astaire is backed up by Oscar Peterson Trio and guests, marvellous jazz players one and all, and the sessions also benefit from Verve's superb sound. This really is a beaut of a record, and all lovers of jazz and great popular song should hurry to investigate. Bravo!