Sinatra, 1915-1998: How His Music Lives On

Just try to find a new Sinatra. Scan the billboard album charts, and you'll find no one openly Sinatraesque. Check out The Jazz Singers (the Smithsonian Collection), a new five-CD, 104-song collection of the greatest jazz vocalists of the 20th century; the only singer featured who sounds overtly like Sinatra is Sinatra himself, represented by his 1956 Nelson Riddle-arranged rendition of Night and Day.

"I wish Frank Sinatra influenced more singers today," says Cassandra Wilson, who is widely considered to be the best jazz vocalist of the '90s. "He comes from a time when it was about the phrasing of a...

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