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The trumpet section in Frank Sinatra’s album “A Swingin’ Affair” played a significant role in shaping the energetic and vibrant sound of the record. Released in 1957, this album is regarded as one of Sinatra’s finest and most swinging works.
The trumpet section formed the backbone of the brass ensemble on “A Swingin’ Affair.” Led by Conrad Gozzo, a renowned studio musician and lead trumpet player, the section showcased exceptional skill and versatility throughout the album. Gozzo’s authoritative and precise playing set the standard for the rest of the section, creating a cohesive and powerful sound. This series by Stuart McLean Fowler puts you in the lead chair with note-for-note complete album transcriptions of your favourite Sinatra records.
A Swingin’ Affair is an absolute showstopper, and emulating Gozzo’s sound on this record is a great lesson in lead playing. Below you can read a full writeup on this album, and to the left you can find some samples. Click above to grab an immediate digital download.
In some ways, A Swingin’ Affair! is “Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!, Pt. 2,” following the same formula of Sinatra’s hit album of the previous year. Beneath the surface, there are enough variations on A Swingin’ Affair! to make it a distinctive, and equally enjoyable listen. The most noticeable difference between the two records is their basic approach. Where Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! swung hard but managed to stay rather light, A Swingin’ Affair! is a forceful, brassy album — it exudes a self-assured, confident aura. It is a hard, jazzy album.