Tony Fruscella: I'll Be Seeing You
I'll Be Seeing You
Tony Fruscella (trumpet)
An Ace Face (Giant Steps GSCR023)
Bill Anthony (bass), Will Bradley, Jr. (drums).
Recorded: New York, April 1, 1955
Rating: 98/100 (learn more)
Tony Fruscella spent most of his short life in institutions of various sorts -- orphanage, army, prison, hospital. But on those rare occasions when he graced the bandstand, he was one of the finest "cool school" trumpeters in jazz. Fruscella still has a small, dedicated cult following (check out this tribute, for example), but many even knowledgeable jazz fans have never heard his music. Those who admire the 1950s work of Miles Davis and Chet Baker would do well to track down his definitive performance of "I'll Be Seeing You." Fruscella's solo is beautifully crafted from start to finish, every phrase rich in melodic invention, and the whole infused with deep emotion. A musical gem from an unfairly forgotten master of the horn.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia