Frank Catalano: My One and Only Love


My One and Only Love


Frank Catalano (tenor sax)


Bang! (Savoy Jazz 17734)

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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

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  • 1 Lonnie Bonds // Apr 14, 2009 at 10:46 PM
    Just heard Frank do this song live with his band. He was amazing!!! Had to buy the CD after that.
  • 2 Savoy Jazz // Jun 09, 2009 at 03:36 PM
    For anyone interested in Frank Catalano, check out his upcoming shows in Chicago and Washington DC