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Sammy Davis, Jr.
Sammy & Friends

More than a decade after his death, Sammy Davis, Jr. remains a hero on the hi-fi circuit, and Rhino Records shows us why by compiling some of Davis’ finest recordings on Sammy and Friends.

The CD begins with a version of “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” that is so brash and straight-forward, it makes Dean Martin’s take sound like a distant afterthought. The rest of the disc features several of his collaborations with jazz legends— including orchestra conductors Morty Stevens, Billy May, and Nelson Riddle—as well as some hard-to-find tracks.

Hear Samples of
Sammy & Friends

Ain't That A Kick In The Head
Straighten Up and Fly Right
Don't Be A Do-Badder
I Should Care

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From the soundtrack to Robin and the Seven Hoods comes “Bang Bang” and the infectious “Don’t Be a Do-Badder,” where Sammy is joined by Frank, Dean and Bing. Davis teams up with Sinatra again on the blithe bar-hopping anthem “Me and My Shadow,” and is reunited with Deano on “Sam’s Song.” He also swings it to the moon with Buddy Rich on “What Kind of Fool Am I?” and serves up an electrifying life version of “I Should Care” with guitar great Sam Butera. The only shortcoming is the absence of Davis’ recordings with Count Basie on Our Shining Hour. Still, this disc exquisitely showcases both Sammy’s vocal talent and his ability to woo an audience with his signature confidence and bravado.

- Giancarlo Davis


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