Happy Birthday Frank! Gone, better never forgotten. The music you created still gets played at least once a week on my stereo and hearing it still blows me away like the first time I picked up "In the Wee Small Hours" on CD.
This year, I thought I would put together a list of my favorite albums. I would recommend all of them, or if you want, you could pick up the Capital Years Boxed Set on Amazon for $39, which I believe is the bargain of the decade (although, I should mention that some reviews say the sound quality on this collection is not up to the standards of prior releases). I don't have this exact collection, but I have the original Concepts box that I am pretty sure cost me over $200.
Well, here are some of my favorites:
Also, I barely scratched the surface with the albums above. I think all of his albums in the 50s are worth owning as well as many of the early Reprise albums. His albums with jazz royalty like Count Basie and Ellington are simply fantastic.
Anyway, Happy Birthday and thanks for your gifts to the world that will never stop giving.