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Fabulous Friday: "How Am I To Know?"

Do you know this song? I first heard it in this recording by Sinatra with the Tommy Dorsey band. Dorsey has such a smooth, luscious sound. Was the trombone ever more dreamy? Frank is cute but the guys in the band singing backup, they are priceless.

I recently discovered this delicious Stan Kenton recording. The arrangement is beyond belief. It opens with just the piano and bass, setting up a quiet groove. At 0:11 the bass mostly drops out and the rhythm of the piano sets up a sense of stasis. And oh wow, the trombones come in at 0:15 in fabulous close harmony. But the moment that truly puts me through the roof is the dreamy entrance of the saxophones at 0:25. Oh yes.

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