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Funny how somethings are so stereotyped that they surprise you when they break the mold.
Take the violin, for instance. A beautiful instrument to say the least. One of the best 'supporting actors' so-to-speak in a musical settingparticularly a Jazz ensemble. The Johnny Frigo comes along and shows what a violin can be with the right person at the bow. I am sure many of us have watched Sherlock Holmes movies/episodes where the famed detective pulls out a violin and plays a hauntingly beautiful piece. This album is what Holmes would be playing if he were alive today. It is rife with a beautiful variety of tunes from melancholy or bitterssweet to just plain fun. The Supporting cast for the album does what such a cast is supposed to dobe one with the lead. This is a beautiful album, and Johnny has shown that being 80+ does not necessarily hamper one's ability to perform at the top.
Track Listing: I Concentrate on You; Poor Butterfly; Cheek to Cheek; What is There to Say?; Nobody Else But Me; Try a Little Tenderness/Sweet and Lovely; Hair on the G-String; I Love You; Too Late Now/Street of Dreams; She Loves Me; Crystal Silence; Tanga; What'll I Do?
Personnel: Johnny Frigo-Violin;Bill Charlap-Piano (1,2,4,5,6,11,12);Frank Vignola-Guitar (3,7,8,9,10);Bucky Pizzarelli-Guitar;Nicki Parrott-Bass;Joe Ascione-Drums
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.