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by C. Michael Bailey
The trombone is such a laid-back instrument that when it rises to lead a recording session, you know it will a low-key affair. And that's not a bad thing. Add to this the fact that teacher/bandleader Frank Darmiento employs a pianist and bassist who specialize in both electric and acoustic versions of their instruments and the results are a contrast of old and new sounds found on the trombonist’s new recording, Sudden Impact. Mr. Darmiento does his part of deepen ...read more
by Dan McClenaghan
Flip through your collection of quartet recordings and odds are that a saxophone—alto or tenor—in front of a rhythm section comprises the bulk of the sets. Trumpet out front might be next, followed by a variety of different instruments like guitar or vibes; and then you might (though I didn't) come across a lone trombone blowing in front of piano, bass, and drums.Trombonist Frank Darmiento's Sudden Impact is that rare quartet offering. The disc mixes the leader's vibrant ...read more