Sunday, January 20, 2013

Frank Rosolino - Let's Make It

This session for the short-lived Mode label remains the zenith of Frank Rosolino's recorded output. Paired with a stellar support unit featuring pianist Vince Guaraldi, tenorist Richie Kamuca, bassist Monty Budwig, and drummer Stan Levey, the trombonist not only delivers some of the most dazzling solos of his career, but also proves himself a gifted composer, contributing a handful of original tunes that fit comfortably alongside standards like Gershwin's "How Long Has This Been Going On?" Largely eschewing more uptempo fare, Rosolino instead favors a simmering, soulful bop approach that champions feeling as much as technique. This is music with genuine emotional heft and intellectual edge.
Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide

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Frank Rosolino
Let's Make It
(2 Lp On 1 Cd)


1 Cherry (Daniels, Gillespie)  4:57
2 Let's Make It (Rosolino)  3:01
3 How Long Has This Been Going On ? (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:39
4 They Say (Weiss, Mann, Heyman)  4:31
5 Fine Shape (Rosolino)  4:19
6 Fallout (Holman)  3:59
7 Thou Swell (Rodgers, Hart)  3:19
8 Tuffy (Rosolino)  4:11
9 Love For Sale (Porter)  5:33
10 Twilight (Feldman)  3:51
11 Don't Take Your Love from Me (Nemo)  5:29
12 Chrisdee (Levey)  4:29
13 Stardust (Carmichael, Parish)  5:05
14 Free for All (Rosolino)  4:47
15 There is No Greater Love (Jones, Symes)  4:39
16 Sneakyoso (Rosolino)  6:55
17 There is No Greater Love [alternate Take] (Jones, Symes)  4:55

[# 1-8] from "Frank Rosolino Quintet" (Mode LP 107).
Frank Rosolino - tb
Richie Kamuca - ts
Vince Guaraldi - p
Monty Budwig - b
Stan Levey - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles ; June 1957
[# 9-17] from "Free For All" (Specialty SPS-2161).
Frank Rosolino - tb
Harold Land - ts
Victor Feldman - p
Leroy Vinnegar - b
Stan Levey - dr
Recorded in Hollywood ; December 22, 1958

First the bad news: Frank Rosolino took the life of his two children and then shot himself in 1978 after a lifelong battle with depression. The good news: in 1959 he recorded Free For All a wonderfully spirited set that belies the psychological problems that plagued the trombonist throughout his life. Rosolino spent the first part of career honing his chops in the Stan Kenton band, like many of the West Coast musicians of the time. He developed an agility and melodic sense equal to that of any trumpet player. After a stint with the Lighthouse All-Stars, Rosolino was given the opportunity to record this quintet session with fellow West Coasters, which features the usual mix of originals and standards. Right from the start, this session promises to be something exceptional as the disc starts off with an off-kilter, waltz-time intro to “Love For Sale” which leads into some spirited soloing from the horns and punchy comping from Feldman. This sets the tone for the entire session, which is irresistibly jubilant throughout; even “Stardust” swings gently under Rosolino’s textured playing (he should be commended for giving this overworked standard new life). However, the band really comes to life on the up-tempo numbers, where Land and Rosolino keep tight formation on the heads and then blaze off into playful solos while Levey sizzles underneath. This album is one of the few sessions that this neglected trombonist ever made as a leader and is a fitting testament to his achievements. Free For All captures an artist at a pivotal point in his career making the transition from big band work to small-group session while being haunted by inner demons. Make no mistake about it; Rosolino was capable of making exciting music that more people should hear.

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Leopold said...

walter_vdb said...

It's not easy to download with rapidshare limit. I managed to download John Pisano and Hank Garland, now both say wrong PW, either Melanchthon or melanchthon

deGallo said...

Slowly getting this. Thank you very much for your persistence and providing more download options. Great music, great site! Thank you.

Gsblog said...

Has the PW changed?

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you very much! I'm a big fan of Trombone and I didn't have these Rosolino releases.

FrankDell said...

This one is great. Vince Guaraldi and Richie Kamuca on the same session! Thank you Mel & Leo.

Axel.T. said...

Can you please re-up this post.
This is some of Frank's great playing.
Thank you so much.

Pernt said...

Hi Mel! Any chance of re-uploading this one? Thanks in advance.