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The lead trumpet on Frank Sinatra albums holds immense importance. They contribute to the rich orchestrations, provide melodic and harmonic support, shape the overall sound and mood of the music, and collaborate with Sinatra to create exceptional musical moments. Their technical prowess, musicality, and ability to interpret and enhance the arrangements play a pivotal role in the success and enduring legacy of Sinatra’s recordings. This series by Stuart McLean Fowler puts you in the lead chair with note-for-note complete album transcriptions of your favourite Sinatra records.
Come Fly With Me is an absolute favourite. The trumpets only sit on 6 of the tracks on this record, and the price of this book is reflective of the number of charts included. The arrangements with trumpet are some of the very best from Sinatra’s catalog, so it was a must to have this album included. 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.
Constructed around a light-hearted travel theme, Come Fly With Me, Frank Sinatra’s first project with arranger Billy May, was a breezy change of pace from the somber Where Are You. From the first swinging notes of Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen’s “Come Fly With Me” — which is written at Sinatra’s request — it’s clear that the music on the collection is intended to be fun. Over the course of the album, Sinatra and May travel around the world in song, performing standards like “Moonlight in Vermont” and “April in Paris,” as well as humorous tunes like “Isle of Capri” and “On the Road to Mandalay.” May’s signature bold, brassy arrangements give these songs a playful, carefree, nearly sarcastic feel, but never is the approach less than affectionate. In fact, Come Fly With Me is filled with varying moods and textures, as it moves from boisterous swing numbers to romantic ballads, and hitting any number of emotions in between. There may be greater albums in Sinatra’s catalog, but few are quite as fun as Come Fly With Me.