Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help
278

Frank Rosolino: Free For All

David Rickert By

Sign in to view read count Views
Frank Rosolino: Free For All First the bad news: Frank Rosolino took the life of his two children and then shot himself in 1978 after a lifelong battle with depression. The good news: in 1959 he recorded Free For All a wonderfully spirited set that belies the psychological problems that plagued the trombonist throughout his life. Rosolino spent the first part of career honing his chops in the Stan Kenton band, like many of the West Coast musicians of the time. He developed an agility and melodic sense equal to that of any trumpet player.

After a stint with the Lighthouse All-Stars, Rosolino was given the opportunity to record this quintet session with fellow West Coasters, which features the usual mix of originals and standards. Right from the start, this session promises to be something exceptional as the disc starts off with an off-kilter, waltz-time intro to "Love For Sale" which leads into some spirited soloing from the horns and punchy comping from Feldman. This sets the tone for the entire session, which is irresistibly jubilant throughout; even "Stardust" swings gently under Rosolino's textured playing (he should be commended for giving this overworked standard new life). However, the band really comes to life on the up-tempo numbers, where Land and Rosolino keep tight formation on the heads and then blaze off into playful solos while Levey sizzles underneath.

This album is one of the few sessions that this neglected trombonist ever made as a leader and is a fitting testament to his achievements. Free For All captures an artist at a pivotal point in his career making the transition from big band work to small-group session while being haunted by inner demons. Make no mistake about it; Rosolino was capable of making exciting music that more people should hear.


Track Listing: Love For Sale, Twilight, Don

Personnel: Frank Rosolino, trombone; Harold Land, tenor sax; Victor Feldman, piano; Leroy Vinnegar, Bass; Stan Levey, drums.

Year Released: 1958 | Record Label: Contemporary


CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Trombone Heaven
Trombone Heaven
Uptown Records
2008
buy
[no cover]
Trombone Heaven,...
Original Jazz Classics
2007
buy
The Last Recording
The Last Recording
Sea Breeze Jazz
2007
buy
The Last Recording
The Last Recording
Sea Breeze Jazz
2006
buy
[no cover]
Turn Me Loose!
Original Jazz Classics
2002
buy
Turn Me Loose
Turn Me Loose
Collectables
2002
buy
Gerry Mulligan Gerry Mulligan
sax, baritone
J.J. Johnson J.J. Johnson
trombone
Slide Hampton Slide Hampton
trombone
Curtis Fuller Curtis Fuller
trombone
Wycliffe Gordon Wycliffe Gordon
trombone
Bob Brookmeyer Bob Brookmeyer
trombone
Steve Turre Steve Turre
trombone

More Articles

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.