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Viola studied guitar and followed jazz guitarists Charlie Christian and Oscar Moore before he was drafted in 1941. The Army placed him in a trio with a pianist and bassist, billed as "The Three Sergeants." Page Cavanaugh replaced the original pianist and after discharge, the trio won a recording contract with RCA under his name. In 1946, the Page Cavanaugh Trio accompanied Frank Sinatra to New York where they played nightly behind Sinatra at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. During this same period the Cavanaugh Trio made a couple of recordings with Sinatra That's How Much I Love You and You Can Take My Word For It Baby, both of which enjoyed broad distribution due to Sinatra's popularity

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Bill Frisell: Music IS

Read "Music IS" reviewed by John Kelman

The tradition of solo jazz guitar recordings is a long one, with guitarists like Johnny Smith, Al Viola, George Van Eps, Lenny Breau and Joe Pass demonstrating just how far a mere six (in some cases, seven) strings could be taken on their own as far back as the 1950s. Subsequent guitar soloists like John Abercrombie ...

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Frank Sinatra: Live From Caesar’s Palace | The First 40 Years

Read "Frank Sinatra: Live From Caesar’s Palace | The First 40 Years" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Frank Sinatra Live From Caesar's Palace | The First 40 Years Eagle Rock Entertainment 2017 As the National Academy of Recording Arts so wonderfully puts it: “Frank Sinatra didn't put Las Vegas on the map, but he certainly made it worth the trip." (Sin-atra City: The Story of Frank Sinatra and ...

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Frank Sinatra: The Royal Festival Hall (1962) | Live At Carnegie Hall

Read "Frank Sinatra: The Royal Festival Hall (1962) | Live At Carnegie Hall" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Frank Sinatra The Royal Festival Hall (1962) | Live At Carnegie Hall Eagle Rock Entertainment 2017 The first DVD in this series combines full-length shows from two of the world's most famous concert halls, one on each side of the Atlantic: The Royal Festival Hall, recorded during Sinatra's 1962 world tour ...

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Michael Anthony Natural Instincts Trio: Nostalgia

Read "Nostalgia" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Guitarist Michael Anthony, whose warm salute to mentor and friend Howard Roberts, Recollections, was reviewed here in June, recorded another tribute album seven years earlier (2007), this one dedicated to another longtime friend and colleague, the late Al Viola, who passed away in February of that year. Anthony says he was fortunate to have met Roberts ...

Alone Again

Label: Audio Fidelity
Released: 1973

Guitars

Label: Audio Fidelity
Released: 1959

Imagination

Label: Audio Fidelity
Released: 0


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