"One of the most swinging versions ever of “America the Beautiful.”-Scott Yanow
America the Beautiful is the patriotic song that most Americans learned in grammar school. Ray Charles recorded a very well received rendition in the 1970s, as did Elvis and others. The song has a well-documented and interesting history. Initially written as a poem, later the melody from a different song was combined with it, to create the great song about our awe-inspiring country.
Fast forward to 2021. Most of the versions out there of America the Beautiful aren't really the kind one would listen to, while having a glass of wine. Frank Lamphere felt that this song would be very listenable, with a swinging approach. That's exactly what he did.
Lamphere and company give this opening track the "Rat Pack Jazz" treatment it deserved. They swing the heck-out-of-it.Bassist Dennis Carroll opens the track with a four bar intro before Frank and guitarist Andy Brown join in. The momentum then grows with each chorus. A pair of memorable solos by Harris and Eric Schneider (tenor sax) ensue, before a third key change and final booming chorus.
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