Writings about Music

As Great As Anyone

Jimmy Van Heusen, Peggy Lee and Frank Sinatra

Jimmy Van Heusen is as great a song composer as anyone. He has a particular flavor, ultra-sophisticated and refined, profoundly original. Hard to imagine jazz without him.

Last autumn in New Jersey, Eliot Zigmund and I recorded his But Beautiful with lyrics by Johnny Burke, Deep In A Dream with lyrics by Eddie DeLange, and Only the Lonely with lyrics by Sammy Cahn.



- Michael Robinson, January 2023, Maui


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Michael Robinson is a Los Angeles-based composer, programmer, jazz pianist and musicologist. His 198 albums include 151 albums for meruvina and 47 albums of piano improvisations. Robinson has been a lecturer at UCLA, Bard College and California State University Long Beach and Dominguez Hills.