Frank Vignola and Joe Ascione: 33 1/3: The Frank & Joe Show (2004)
Record producer Joel Dorn has brought this ensemble into the studio for their debut album, a sampler that ranges from Cole Porter and Harold Arlen to a comic book hero’s theme; from Mozart and Rimsky-Korsakoff to the Doobie Brothers; from Gilbert O’Sullivan to Hoagy Carmichael. The result is a very listenable, but not particularly jazzy recording, one that plays to the considerable interest in gypsy swing that exists today. While lacking the excitement of a live performance, it nonetheless sparkles with consistent virtuoso musicianship and good humor. For instance, I was about to get indignant over the simplistic harmonization of the bridge of “Paper Moon,” when I heard the music segue into “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf,” and I realized the joke was on me. And if you pay full retail price for this album without realizing it is only 37 minutes long, the joke will be on you.
Track Listing: Begin the Beguine; Don
Personnel: Frank Vignola (guitar), Joe Ascione (percussion), and
Record Label: Hyena Records
Style: Fringes of Jazz