33 1/3 by The Frank & Joe Show | 825005932022 | CD | Barnes & Noble
33 1/3

33 1/3

by The Frank & Joe Show
     
 

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The Frank & Joe Show is actually a partnership between Django Reinhardt-influenced guitarist Frank Vignola (who often overdubs a rhythm line behind his lead) and phenomenal percussionist Joe Ascione. Their eclectic CD primarily emphasizes music from the swing era, though there are a few exceptions

Overview

The Frank & Joe Show is actually a partnership between Django Reinhardt-influenced guitarist Frank Vignola (who often overdubs a rhythm line behind his lead) and phenomenal percussionist Joe Ascione. Their eclectic CD primarily emphasizes music from the swing era, though there are a few exceptions. Their sense of adventure begins with their explorations of classical repertoire. "Mozart Jam," which is loosely based upon the composer's "Turkish March," is a delightful romp, as is Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee," with Ascione having no trouble keeping up with the guitarist. "Begin the Beguine" is recast as a brisk samba, with Vignola overdubbing several guitars in spots, while the loping "Stardust" is savored in a more lyrical setting. The hilarious interpretation of "It's Only a Paper Moon" blends the feeling of Western swing, adding violinist Charles Burnham, with the loping percussion suggesting both horseback riding and a calypso beat. The Latin favorite "Tico Tico" is inevitably played at fast tempos, so the duo's relaxed approach is refreshing. "Spiderman" is a pleasant surprise, set to the rhythm of a train at full steam (while adding an unaccredited train whistle), with Ascione's crisp brushes propelling Vignola's risk-taking guitar solo. The Doobie Brothers' "Long Train Running" almost sounds as if David Grisman could have arranged it. The vocal tracks are slightly less satisfying. A lightly swinging version of "The Sheik of Araby" is handicapped by Dr. John's overly hip vocals. Both Janis Siegel and Jane Monheit (heard respectively on "Don't Fence Me In" and "Besame Mucho") overdub backing vocals behind themselves, which ends up belittling their abilities a touch. Still, a few weak tracks are hardly enough to keep from recommending this brilliant effort.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/2004
Label:
Sin-Drome Records
UPC:
0825005932022
catalogNumber:
9320
Rank:
301521

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Frank & Joe Show   Primary Artist
Dr. John   Vocals,Guest Appearance,Piano
Janis Siegel   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Joe Ascione   Percussion,Drums
Charlie Burnham   Violin
Gary Mazzaroppi   Bass
Frank Vignola   Guitar
Sean Smith   Bass
Steven Bernstein   Trumpet
Jane Monheit   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Joel Forbes   Bass

Technical Credits

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Tom Johnston   Composer
Joe Ascione   Arranger,Composer
Joel Dorn   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Gene Paul   Composer,Engineer
Cole Porter   Composer
Harry Beasley Smith   Composer
Ted Snyder   Composer
Frank Vignola   Arranger,Composer
Geoff Gans   Art Direction
Todd Parker   Engineer
Francis Wheeler   Composer
Jamie Polaski   Engineer

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