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Alex Frank

He may only be in his 20’s, but Alex Frank has already established himself as a first-call bassist for film (Jersey Boys, Black Nativity), television (You’re The Worst, Modern Family, Friends With Better Lives), and records (Bruce Forman, Dave Damiani). Along with pianist Peter Smith and guitarist John Storie, Alex recently founded the group Too Marvelous For Words, a tribute to the original Nat King Cole trio, which has begun touring nationally. Alex has also become an in-demand accompanist for jazz singers Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. (America’s Got Talent winner, 2011), Renee Olstead (TV’s Still Standing, The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Spencer Day, Jackie Ryan, Erin Boheme, Sara Gazarek, Jane Monheit, James Tormé, Melissa Morgan, and film icon Molly Ringwald

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My Patsy Cline Songbook

Label: Staci Griesbach
Released: 2019
Track listing: "My Patsy Cline Songbook" Track Listing: 1. Crazy 2. Sweet Dreams 3. Blue Moon of Kentucky 4. Why Can’t He Be You 5. So Wrong 6. Leavin’ On Your Mind 7. Walkin’ After Midnight 8. I Fall to Pieces (intro) 9. I Fall to Pieces 10. Won’t You Come Home Bill Bailey 11. She’s Got You 12. Strange 13. He Called Me Baby 14. Always 15. You’re Stronger Than Me 16. Faded Love

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Midnight Bloom

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: (There Ought To Be A) Moonlight Saving Time; Embraceable You; No Moon At All; Estrada Branca (This Happy Madness); ‘Round Midnight /Midnight Madness Called Jazz; Quiet Now; Love Dance; The Night We Called It A Day; Teach Me Tonight; You Are There; Solitary Moon; Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams; Stars (Endless Stars); Midnight Bloom.

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Miki Purnell: Midnight Bloom

Read "Midnight Bloom" reviewed by Geannine Reid


Vocalist Miki Purnell, in collaboration with longtime music director Tamir Hendelman, has crafted a sophomore album with a theme of beauty within the darkness of night. Titled Midnight Bloom. Joined by drummer Dean Koba and bassist Alex Frank, adding guitarist Pat Kelley and Bob Sheppard on tenor, soprano and flute on choice selections, along with percussionist ...

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Bill Cunliffe: BACHanalia

Read "BACHanalia" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This is another entry in the durable “jazz meets the classics" subgenre with pianist and bandleader Bill Cunliffe leading a large ensemble through a fun program featuring mostly classical works and familiar standards.The classical adaptations start off with Johann Sebastian Bach's “Sleepers Awake" played with crisp, muscular drive by the band. Cunliffe and trombonist ...

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Trumpetology: This Is Trumpetology

Read "This Is Trumpetology" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Southern California-based Trumpetology is an octet comprised of five sure-handed trumpeters and rhythm. For comparison's sake, think SuperSax for trumpets. Even though leader / arranger Walter Simonsen doesn't transcribe solos by well-known horn players to unsettle his mates, several of his charts demand the same kind of snug digital dexterity employed by SuperSax, and the group ...


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