This album was recorded in 1992, but never released nationally. Some of the participants are no longer with us and Billy May hasn't been active for a few years. Bob Cooper, listed on sax for example, passed away in 1993 and Conte Candoli last year. The hiatus between recording and release dates notwithstanding, Stallone gives another credible performance aided and abetted considerably by the May's band loaded with top West Coast section and studio players. Like a tough tenor, Stallone is a tough baritone with a powerful set of pipes that he applies effectively to a play list of 10 familiar pieces with great charts constructed by the inimitable May. The big voiced singer shows his considerable spurs on a swinging "Exactly Like You" and a tender ballad version of "Baby Won't You Please Come Home". Stallone uses some of the same mannerisms (and some songs) associated with Sinatra with the huts and heys. But so what. The result is still a highly entertaining session of vocalizing. The big downer, however, is that the CD offers a scant 24 minutes of music. The CD is over before the listener really has had a chance to settle in. The other problem is that the order of songs as listed in the liner notes is different from the order they appear on the CD. Somewhat disconcerting, but not fatal.
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Track Listing: I Can't Believe; Close Your Eyes; I Got a Right to Sing the Blues; Saturday Night; Exactly Like You; By the River St. Marie; Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You; I Didn't Know What Time It Was; Baby Won't You Please Come Home; Long Ago and Far Away
Personnel: Frank Stallone - Vocals/Producer; Billy May - Conductor/Arranger; Tommy Newsom, John Bambridge, Bob Cooper, Pete Christlieb, Don Ashworth - Sax; Conte Candoli, Pete Candoli, Rick Baptist, Warren Luening - Trumpet; Lloyd Ulyate, Dick Nash, Charlie Loper - Trombone Jim Self - Bass Trombone/Tuba; Pete Jolly -Piano; Bob Bain - Guitar; Chuck Berghofer - Bass; Alvin Stoller - Drums
Year Released: 2002
| Record Label: Simba Records
| Style: Vocal
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.