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66 2/3

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by The Frank & Joe Show
     
 

The Frank & Joe Show's second CD continues in the same vein as their debut recording. Frank Vignola, a superb Django Reinhardt-inspired guitarist, and drummer Joe Ascione, a monster percussionist who plays a subtler role in this groupSee more details below

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The Frank & Joe Show's second CD continues in the same vein as their debut recording. Frank Vignola, a superb Django Reinhardt-inspired guitarist, and drummer Joe Ascione, a monster percussionist who plays a subtler role in this group than typical outings, once again explore a wide range of musical styles, including standards, classical works, Latin numbers, and original compositions. The light, consistently swinging sound of the band will remind some listeners of mandolinist David Grisman's releases for Acoustic Disc, though the instrumentation of the two groups is significantly different. The delicious take of "It Might as Well Be Spring" removes any trace of the song's original wistful feeling as the band rekindles it with a brisk arrangement and a slight Latin flavor. The musicians also have a blast with classical fare. "Hungarian Dance No. 5" finds them at their most inventive, outdoing comedian Allan Sherman's hilarious vocal interpretation of the 1960s ("Hungarian Goulash No. 5") without singing a note. Their live medley of "Bach Partita No. 2 for Solo Violin" and the rapid-fire "Mozart Jam" (actually based upon the composer's "Turkish March") is a masterpiece. The weakest links remain the vocal tracks. Jane Monheit's breathy, overdone take of "Manhattan" somewhat mars an otherwise fine recording. The far better vocalist Janis Siegel helps revive the long forgotten "Glow Worm," but her multi-tracked harmony vocals prove to be a bit distracting. There is also a cooking, unlisted bonus track at the end of the CD, evidently recorded during the same live radio performance mentioned earlier. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, Victor Sheldrake, who contributed the deliberately loony liner notes.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/10/2005
Label:
Sin-Drome Records
UPC:
0825005933425
catalogNumber:
9334
Rank:
148215

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Frank & Joe Show   Primary Artist
Mark Egan   Bass,Group Member
Janis Siegel   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Dave Valentin   Flute,Guest Appearance
Joe Ascione   Percussion,Group Member
Gary Mazzaroppi   Bass,Group Member
Ken Smith   Guitar
Frank Vignola   Bass,Guitar,Group Member
Jane Monheit   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Rich "Dusty Chopmeat" Zukor   Percussion,Group Member
Joel Forbes   Bass,Group Member
Rick Zukor   Percussion
Chuck Ferruggia   Percussion

Technical Credits

Johannes Brahms   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Jimmy Kennedy   Composer
Pablo Beltrán Ruiz   Composer
Joe Ascione   Composer
Alan Brandt   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Joel Dorn   Producer,Audio Production
Osvaldo Farrés   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Henry Grumpo Marx   Executive Producer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Gene Paul   Engineer,Mastering
Frank Vignola   Arranger,Composer
Geoff Gans   Art Direction
Steve Mazur   Engineer
Louis Alter   Composer
Bob Haymes   Composer
Paul Lincke   Composer
Georges Boulanger   Composer
Joe Asione   Composer
Victor Sheldrake   Liner Notes
Jamie Polaski   Engineer,Mastering

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