Classically trained pop singer Andrew Heller’s first Sinatra album was “Sinatra My Way.” It was a great success. Based on original arrangements, produced by Ray Barnette, it was a great tribute to Frank Sinatra.
Next comes Heller’s “Sinatra All The Way,” a quintessential classic jazz recording, again produced by Ray Barnette.
Andrew Heller and the great Nelson Riddle Orchestra recorded “Sinatra All the Way” in Nashville, Tennessee. The legendary arranger’s son, Christopher Riddle and John Mills of the University of Texas at Austin conducted the orchestra.
Released on June 23, 2017 on CD and Vinyl by DiamonDisc Records, Sinatra All The Way features Andrew Heller’s tenor voice, backed by the full Nelson Riddle Orchestra. Heller chose eleven songs for this release. They were, Come Dance With Me, Old Devil Moon, World On A String, Strangers In The Night, You Make Me Feel So Young, Our Love is Here to Stay, Fly Me To The Moon, Young At Heart, Come Fly With Me, All The Way, and New York, New York.
The rich sound of the full orchestra compliments these eleven classic tunes. The orchestra is the perfect backdrop for Andrew Heller’s tenor voice and his playful interpretation of each song.
Andrew Heller brings the songs of the Great American Songbook to life as they have never been heard before. He takes us back to the golden era when ‘the Voice’ and orchestral interplay became one.
Speaking about the Great American Songbook, in November last year, Heller said, “I love the beautiful music, the memorable lyrics, the great arrangements and the amazing vocal interpretations of the songs from the Great American Songbook.”
For this release, John Mills studied classic Frank Sinatra recordings, to understand the nuances of Nelson Riddle’s masterpiece arrangements. As a result, Andrew Heller and the orchestra rendered the songs just as they were first recorded. The singer, rhythm section, brass, reeds and strings performed together, on a large soundstage, going to tape live. There was no overdubbing, and Mills believes you can both hear and feel that special chemistry on this new vinyl.
Listen to songs from the album here.
Praise for “Sinatra All the Way”
“Heller shines on All the Way.” – The Associated Press
“Playing the incredible arrangements of Nelson Riddle in that big beautiful Nashville studio with all the great musicians was a rare opportunity to experience recording at its best.” – Michael Mordecai
“My task was to study the classic Frank Sinatra recordings featuring Nelson Riddle’s exquisite arrangements to capture all the nuances of Nelson Riddle’s masterpieces. It was a genuine privilege to be able to re-experience these great song renditions exactly as they were first recorded – on a large soundstage, with the singer, rhythm section, brass, reeds and strings all performing and “going to tape” live together. Instead of piecing the music together from a series of “overdubs,” as is the norm these days, we all had the pleasure of recording these songs as an organic whole. I believe you can hear – and feel – that special chemistry on this new vinyl.” – John Mills
For more information on Andrew Heller and his music, visit www.heller.com