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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Jonathan Schwartz on a new Sinatra biography. "What they write is sparse, superficial and often wrong: "[J]azz gave Sinatra his sense of rhythm and his lifelong readiness to improvise," they say. Deconstructing such a dramatically fallacious statement would require paragraphs. The essential facts are that, although jazz enriched Sinatra, he was never a jazz singer and rarely "improvised," as that term is used in jazz. As for rhythm, nothing or nobody gave it to him; it came naturally."

Why Schwartz has not written what would surely be the definitive work on Sinatra is a mystery to me. Nobody is better qualified.

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