Frank Catalano: My One and Only Love
My One and Only Love
Frank Catalano (tenor sax)
Bang! (Savoy Jazz 17734)
Frank Catalano (tenor sax),
Scott Williams (piano), Adam Whitson (bass), Daron Nelson (drums).
Composed by Guy Wood & Robert Mellin.
Recorded: No recording information provided (CD released in 2008)
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
If there were any more blood and grit in Frank Catalano's sax tone, they would need to send it to the M.A.S.H. unit for cleansing and dressing. This track starts with an Ayler-esque scream and finishes with a very astringent coda. In between, you will find many shrieks and growls and—yes!—quite a bit of raw soulfulness. The rhythm section bounces along from the opening measure, making you think they would rather be playing anything except a ballad. But the saxophonist hardly minds, since he had no intention of getting blue and sentimental. Many tenor legends have tackled this song before, but none of them has quite slapped it around the way Catalano does. Listen to it while you can—he may get a restraining order tomorrow.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia