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Sinatra and Riddle swing their way through Cole Porter
on 14 June 2003
"A Swingin' Affiar" is one of the albums Frank Sinatra released in 1957 in what was arguably the greatest year a single artist had for turning out albums. This was the fifth of six albums Sinatra put out that year, predated by two other classic records, "Come Fly With Me" and "Where Are You." However, "A Swingin' Affair!" will most remind Sinatra fans of his 1955 album "Songs for Swingin' Lovers!," since it follows the same formula in providing up-tempo, swing material arranged by the great Nelson Riddle. However, this time around Riddle employs more brass giving the songs more of a hard jazz edge. The featured composers are Cole Porter, who has the opening track "Night and Day" and three others including "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To." You will also hear songs by Gerswhin and Duke Ellington. As a bonus track we also get a version of "The Lady is a Tramp," which makes for a nice finale. I would not put "A Swingin' Affair!" on my list of Ten Essential Sinatra Albums, but it would definitely be on the next ten I would list.