Frank Sinatra and Mark Tremonti are about as opposite of one another as two artists can get in terms of the musical universe. Sinatra made his name in the jazz and film community and remains one of the most revered figures in the musical universe today. Tremonti on the other hand has gained fame through his work with Creed, Alter Bridge and his eponymously named band, so when it was recently announced that Tremonti was going to release a compilation of Sinatra covers, it went without saying that there was plenty of surprise from members of both genre’ communities. Released May 27 the 14-song record is quite the surprise in the best way possible. Right from the record’s outset, audiences think they are hearing Sinatra as Tremonti sings so smoothly in the cover of ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin.’ That performance will be discussed shortly. ‘My Way,’ which everyone knows was among Sinatra’s least favorite songs in the long run, is another notable addition to the record and will be discussed a little later. ‘In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning’ is yet another key addition to this set. It will also be examined later. When it and the other songs noted here are considered along with the rest of the content featured throughout the collection, the whole makes this record arguably the single best covers collection of this year so far.
Tremonti Sings Sinatra, the new Frank Sinatra covers collection from rocker Mark Tremonti (yes, a rocker covering a bunch of jazz standards) is one of the biggest and best surprises of the year so far. That is the case even with the recording being a covers set. It is a presentation that proves if Tremonti ever decides to call it a career on the rock side of the musical universe, he would easily have a future in the jazz side. His cover of Sinatra’s hit single, ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin,’ which opens the collection, is just one of the songs that serves so well to make that clear. Right from the opening strains, audiences would swear they are hearing Sinatra himself as Tremonti starts singing. The pleasant surprise is instantaneous. The low end from the saxophone line and the accents from the muted horns and the gentle work of the brushes on the snare are a near mirror musical image of Sinatra’s original hit. Even the gradual buildup exhibited in the source material is here in Tremonti and company’s cover. The whole makes the song a wonderful start to this compilation and just one of the fully engaging and entertaining additions to the album. Tremonti and company’s take on ‘My Way’ is another notable addition to the collection.
The cover of ‘My Way’ stands out because it is so much unlike the rendition made so famous by Sinatra and others. In place of the overly schmaltzy semi-orchestral version that everyone knows from Sinatra, Tremonti opts instead for the simplicity of an acoustic guitar and piano line as he sings the famous lyrics. Even as the arrangement here reaches its peaks, Tremonti avoids the over-the-top trappings of the source material, instead opting to keep the approach minimalist. That reserved approach actually gives the song even more emotional impact because it gives the song a whole new identity that is still so endearing. It is just one more of the songs that stands out in the presentation. Tremonti and company’s cover of ‘In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning’ is yet another notable addition to the whole.
‘In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning’ stands out because again, Tremonti and company have taken a different path than that in the source material. At the same time, it is still as engaging and entertaining as its source material. Tremonti’s rendition replaces the strings in Sinatra’s version with a grouping of saxophones and low brass, giving the song a whole new warmth while still staying true to the source material. The big band ballroom approach that the group takes here gives the song a whole new mood that audiences will still enjoy. When it is considered along with the other covers examined here and with the rest of the covers featured throughout the record, the whole makes Tremonti Sings Sinatra a record that even being a covers set, a fully engaging and enjoyable presentation for fans of Tremonti, Sinatra, and jazz in general.
Tremonti Sings Sinatra, guitarist Mark Tremonti’s new collection of Frank Sinatra covers, is a unique addition to this year’s field of new covers sets. It stands out in the very fact that it is a jazz collection assembled and recorded by a figure from the rock community. Some of the covers are close renditions from their source material while others are unique updates on the originals. Each offers listeners its own presentation that is enjoyable in its own right. All things considered the songs featured in this recording make it the best of this year’s new covers sets and one of the biggest and best surprises so far.
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