Rick Frank: You and the Night and the Music

New England Conservatory alumnus drummer Rick Frank, a student of drum master Alan Dawson, works with Peruvian bassist Oscar Stagnaro and his percussionist brother Paulo for a short but telling straight- ahead rendition of this standard. Hatfield states the melody in the opening before Stagnaro is featured mid-tune with a subtle but effective bass solo. That is followed by the flowing guitar of Robitaille, who comfortably darts around the rhythm section of Frank and the brothers Stagnaro. The tune ends with a return of Hatfield on piano restating the melody and embellishing it to the coda.

January 12, 2009 · 0 comments


Stan Kenton: You and the Night and the Music

The influence of Bill Russo's teacher Lennie Tristano is reflected in this austere setting of the classic minor ballad. As with many of Russo's arrangements for the Kenton dance book, this offsets a small group against the big band with solos interspersed, in this case by Candoli (with mute), Sims, Bagley and Salvador. Russo would later form his own orchestra in New York in 1960, adding four cellos to the eight brass, five sax and three rhythm format, and in effect split the group into two small ensembles that played off each other.

February 20, 2008 · 0 comments


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