Frank Sinatra, Trilogy: Past, Present & Future
Sinatra's most ambitious project of his entire canon
The most ambitious project, not just of Sinatra's later career, but probably of his entire canon: Sinatra planned this epic statement in three acts (originally on three LPs). "The Past," has Sinatra and Billy May visiting essential standards mostly from the big band era, and obviously this is the section everyone plays most frequently. "The Present" is a semi-successful attempt to find 11 newish songs that would work for him, in which "Summer Me, Winter Me" was the highlight but "New York, New York" was the hit. Lastly, "The Future" an original song cycle by Gordon Jenkins that's as bombastic as it is pretentious — but still worth listening to.