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Frank Macchia

Born and raised in San Francisco, CA., Frank started on the clarinet at the age of ten years old. Soon afterward he began studies on bassoon, saxophone and flute. By the age of fourteen he began studying composition, writing jazz and classical pieces for his high school band and orchestra and for jazz ensembles that rehearsed at the local union hall, including trumpeter Mike Vax's Big Band. In 1975-76 Frank wrote jazz/classical hybrid works that were performed by the San Francisco Symphony and local professional jazz musicians at the Summer Music Workshop Programs, and he composed and conducted an orchestral overture for his high school graduation ceremony

Rhythm Abstraction: Gold

Label: Cacophony
Released: 2020
Track listing: Compulsion; Inquisition; Complication; Anahata; Impatience; Momentum

Rhythm Abstraction: Azure

Label: Cacophony
Released: 2020
Track listing: Echopraxia; Balinese Butterflies; Emma's Dilemma; Last Call; Madness!; Dreams of Salvadore Dali's Llama; Panoply.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Frank Macchia & Brock Avery: Rhythm Abstraction: Azure

Read "Rhythm Abstraction: Azure" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Reedman-arranger-composer Frank Macchia didn't take the conventional route in putting his EP Rhythm Abstractions: Azure together. He didn't get a huge orchestra in one studio, pass out the charts and explain to the players what he was trying to do. What he did was pare the personnel down to a minimum and turn drummer Brock Avery ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Frank Macchia: Rhythm Kaleidoscope

Read "Rhythm Kaleidoscope" reviewed by Troy Dostert

With a host of wide-ranging work not only as a musician but also as a producer and arranger for television and film projects, Frank Macchia has never been one to rest on his laurels. Even if you're not familiar with his recordings, chances are you've heard at least one of his many film orchestrations: from The ...

Rhythm Kaleidoscope

Label: Cacophony
Released: 2018
Track listing: Rhythm Kaleidoscope; Psychedelic Drum Machine; Introspective Delusions Suite; Slinky; Inside the Mind of M. De Sade; Drunken Bar Brawl; Outer Spaces 1: Oumuamua, The Messenger; Outer Spaces 2: Dark Energy; Outer Spaces 3: LightSpeed; Shimmering Vibrations; Piglets Bouncing on a Trampoline; Abduction; It’s Fake News (No, It’s Not!).

Grease Mechanix

Label: Cacophony
Released: 2013
Track listing: Buckin’ Bronco; Zombies Ate My Grandma; Chicken Neck; Shhhh!; Bad Juju; Fat Cat; Squiggles; I’m So Damn Mad!; Bucket o’ Tears; Atonal Dance Party; Sweet Patootie Waltz; Bulldog; Fatback Bubblebath.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Frank Macchia: Grease Mechanix

Read "Grease Mechanix" reviewed by Jack Bowers

One thing that must be said about Frank Macchia (well, two things, actually)--he's a wild and crazy composer / bandleader whose satchel is always overflowing with splendid musical surprises. On his new album, Grease Mechanix, Macchia goes funky in a New Orleans brass band manner, employing a seventeen-piece ensemble comprised of some of the best sidemen ...

Fried Zombie Stew

Label: Cacophony
Released: 2012
Track listing: 1- Fried Zombie Stew 2- Thumpety Thump Thump 3- Diddley Vs. Spock 4- Walkin' The Hog 5- Red Light 6- Falling Off The Wagon 7- Groovin' 4 Daze 8- Shimmy Go-Bop 8- Zag Zig 9- Three Leg Pony 10- Crusty Old Man 11- Jiggle Wiggle

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Frank Macchia: Frank Macchia's Swamp Thang

Read "Frank Macchia's Swamp Thang" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

You never can tell what some jazz guys have up their sleeves. Los Angeles-based reedman Frank Macchia has worked extensively in television and movies, while maintaining a busy jazz career. His two orchestral jazz outings--Emotions (2006) and Landscapes (2008)--each garnered Grammy nominations, and he has also offered up two very distinctive jazz re-imaginings of traditional fare ...


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