274

Bucky Pizzarelli and Frank Vignola: Moonglow

Andrew Velez By

Sign in to view read count
Bucky Pizzarelli and Frank Vignola: Moonglow At least as evidenced by this collection of guitar duets, nothing but a mere few decades would seem to separate Bucky Pizzarelli (b. 1925) and Frank Vignola (b. 1965). Pizzarelli's lengthy resume includes years as a studio musician beginning in the '50s, touring with Benny Goodman, a celebrated guitar partnership with George Barnes, and popular stops along the way with Bobby Hackett and Bob Wilber, among others. Vignola, playing a six-string archtop guitar (and sometimes banjo), has always been a strong melody man on recordings which have ranged from "Stars Fell on Alabama to Horace Silver's "Cookin' at the Continental to tunes by Sting, Cream, and Bob Marley, in company with Ken Peplowski, Randy Sandke, and Roland Hanna, among others.

The sixteen great pop standards on which they collaborate here turn into a celebration of the joys of simplicity. These are two virtuosos, masters with neither a need to outdo each other nor to hide behind flashy pyrotechnics. Vignola's clarity dominates on the melodies while Pizzarelli, on a seven-string electric, provides the most faithful partnering. The closeness of their chemistry is immediately evident on the opening tune, "Whispering. Vignola plucks a few notes while Pizzarelli, all subtle mellow warmth, joins in almost imperceptibly.

They next glide into "I Can Dream, Can't I? , capturing a yearning which if anything is more than matched later by the incredible tenderness they express on "P.S. I Love You. Mood and tempo are shifted effortlessly for the sensual bolero beats of "Temptation, as throbbing colors from Vignola ride on an undulating wave of current from Pizzarelli. On the great Glenn Miller hit "Moonlight Serenade, Pizzarelli's mellow chords with Vignola's lyrical eloquence perfectly capture the dreamy romanticism of the Swing Era classic.

Recollections of moments as sublime as Sinatra's "In the Wee Small Hours and Ella's "Like Someone In Love come to mind. As with those masterpieces, each tune seems woven into a seamless, totally satisfying whole. Moonglow is melodious bliss.


Track Listing: Whispering; I Can Dream, Can't I; Temptation; Moonlight Serenade; My Ideal; Moonglow; In The Blue of Evening; Sleepy Time Down South; If I Had You; Golden Earrings; Dream A Little Dream of Me; P.S. I Love You; Serenade In Blue; I'm Confessin'; Deep Purple; You'll Never Know.

Personnel: Bucky Pizzarelli: guitar; Frank Vignola: guitar.

Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Hyena Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Akua's Dance CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Daylight Ghosts CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Live at PafA CD/LP/Track Review Live at PafA
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Ocean of Storms CD/LP/Track Review Ocean of Storms
by Troy Dostert
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Transparent Water CD/LP/Track Review Transparent Water
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Billows Of Blue CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read "Z Octet" CD/LP/Track Review Z Octet
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: August 19, 2016
Read "Salt Task" CD/LP/Track Review Salt Task
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 15, 2017
Read "Layers" CD/LP/Track Review Layers
by Mark Sullivan
Published: November 1, 2016
Read "Velcro Bird" CD/LP/Track Review Velcro Bird
by John Eyles
Published: September 19, 2016
Read "Fellow Creatures" CD/LP/Track Review Fellow Creatures
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 25, 2016
Read "Live in Athens, Greece" CD/LP/Track Review Live in Athens, Greece
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 29, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!