Songs by Cream, Carole King, Bob Marley, Isaac Hayes, Elvis Costello, David Crosby, Sting, and John Lennon make up much of Frank Vignola's latest album. The guitarist treats them with respect, offering familiar melodies and standard rhythms while stepping up occasionally to improvise. Vignola's smooth guitar sound embellishes each favorite tune; he's supported by drums, electric bass, keyboards, and group background vocals. Vignola, whose improvisation has a mild Country & Western quality, studied banjo, and at age 14 won the Grand National Banjo Championship in Canada. Deja Vu is the New York native's fourth album as a leader.
Chick Corea's "Spain" sits atop Joe Ascione's mechanical programmed drum pattern and a throbbing electric bass counterpoint, as Vignola's guitar provides the melody. John Lennon's "Imagine" is all melody with a backbeat; Vignola treats them right. His improvisation isn't fiery or flashy; rather, the guitarist prefers to maintain an adult contemporary, soft rock approach. The restrained emotion and attention to lyrical melodies makes D'j' vu pleasurable.
Track Listing: White Room; It?s Too Late; I Shot the Sheriff; D?j? vu ? Part One; Spain; Waiting for a Girl Like You; D?j? vu ? Part Two; D?j? vu; Imagine; Walkin? on the Moon; D?j? vu ? Part Three; Walk This Way; Alison; D?j? vu ? Part Four; Dust in the Wind.Collective
Personnel: Frank Vignola- guitar; Alan Hinds, John Burk- rhythm guitar; Allen Farnham, Mark Portman- keyboards; Ken Wallace- keyboards, organ, vocals, programming, drum programming; Neil Stubenhaus, John Decatur, Jerry Brooks- electric bass; Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Hauss- drums; Joe Ascione- drums, drum programming; Rafael Padilla- percussion; Melanie Daniels, Shannon Rae- vocals; Marty Krishner- tenor saxophone.
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell. Misty by Erroll Garner is one of my favourite tracks. My current choice of guitars are Gibson ES335 & ES175 although I only own Epiphone copies at present. I also play classical guitar and love to play jazz on them. I have recently moved to Leeds from York and hoping to meet new friends in the jazz community.