310

Frank Rosolino: Turn Me Loose

David Rickert By

Sign in to view read count
Those only familiar with Frank Rosolino’s trombone work may be surprised to find out that he also dabbled in vocals as well. Rosolino was highly regarded as a trombonist, especially on the West Coast scene, but seldom recorded as a leader; Free For All on the Specialty label is probably his best known work. Turn Me Loose features Rosolino doing double duty as soloist and vocalist, a la Chet Baker, and one could judge solely by the cover that this is an entertaining record by a man who is marching to the beat of a different drummer. Rosolino isn’t a great vocalist; the most that one can say is that he has an earnest charm and can stay on pitch. However, his presentation is often laugh out loud funny, such as when he combines hyper scat singing with yodeling or finishes off “Sometimes I’m Happy” with invented lyrics in a fake Mexican accent. By the time Rosolino starts screeching out notes he can’t quite reach with his trombone in the middle of a solo, one can easily conclude that this is one of the most unusual vocal turns in jazz, period. This would all be just a novelty album if Rosolino wasn’t such a wizard soloist, displaying incredible dexterity and speed on an instrument that resists both. The sidemen make worthy contributions as well, for the most part playing straight men to the inspired nonsense, but seeming to buy into Rosolino’s fun. An unusual album that is a welcome antidote to those who think that jazz is always serious business.

Track Listing: 1. Too Marvelous For Words 2. Come Rain Or Come Shine 3. Whatcha Gonna Do On Monday 4. Sometimes I'm Happy 5. Sweet Georgia Brown 6. Pennies From Heaven 7. I Cover The Waterfront 8. You're A Sweetheart 9. Please Don't Bug Me 10. It Had To Be You 11. That Old Black Magic 12. How Many Hearts Have You Broken.

Personnel: Frank Rosolino-trombone, vocals; Victor Feldman-piano; Chuck Berghofer-bass; Irving Cottler-drums.

Title: Turn Me Loose | Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Collectables


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Float Upstream CD/LP/Track Review Float Upstream
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 26, 2017
Read Extremophile CD/LP/Track Review Extremophile
by John Sharpe
Published: September 26, 2017
Read The Source CD/LP/Track Review The Source
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 26, 2017
Read Setembro CD/LP/Track Review Setembro
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 26, 2017
Read Aqustico vol 2 CD/LP/Track Review Aqustico vol 2
by Geno Thackara
Published: September 25, 2017
Read Lattice CD/LP/Track Review Lattice
by Mark Corroto
Published: September 25, 2017
Read "A Home In Between" CD/LP/Track Review A Home In Between
by Troy Dostert
Published: July 17, 2017
Read "Live In New York" CD/LP/Track Review Live In New York
by John Sharpe
Published: October 4, 2016
Read "Onward" CD/LP/Track Review Onward
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 2, 2017
Read "Rising Tide" CD/LP/Track Review Rising Tide
by Geannine Reid
Published: May 16, 2017
Read "Hot Coffey in the D – Burnin at Morey Baker’s Showplace Lounge" CD/LP/Track Review Hot Coffey in the D – Burnin at Morey Baker’s...
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: January 4, 2017
Read "Is It Me...?" CD/LP/Track Review Is It Me...?
by Edward Blanco
Published: April 25, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.