Saturday, October 22, 2016

Frivolous Sal Salvador

Misleadingly titled Frivolous Sal, this is a remarkably good album by the ex-Stan Kenton guitarist. Although the personnels are similar, this is a far better record than Sal's earlier LP on Capitol. The Quartet swings in a loose, relaxed way aided by Jimmy Campbell's crisp drumming. Eddie Costa shares the honours with Salvador and is revealed as a versatile musician capable of playing excellent vibes (which he does on "All The Things You Are", "Salaman", "Stars", "I Love You" and "April") as well as Johnny Williams-style piano. Bill Holman's Frivolous Sal was written as a feature for Salvador during his Kenton band days, although it was never recorded in orchestral form. It uses the chord sequence of Ray Noble's "Cherokee". The remainder of the programme consists of pleasant ballads and up-tempo showcases for Sal and Eddie Costa. In these days of skiffie rock'n'roll, etc., it is satisfying to have proof that the guitar is still a musical instrument.

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Sal Salvador
Frivolous Sal


1 Frivolous Sal (Holman)  3:16
2 Tangerine (Mercer, Shertzinger)  3:10
3 I Cover the Waterfront (Green, Heyman)  3:41
4 You Stepped out of a Dream (Brown, Kahn)  3:29
5 You Could Swing for That (Salvador)  2:39
6 All the Things You Are (Hammerstein II, Kern)  4:05
7 Salaman (Albam, Salvador)  4:21
8 Handful of Stars (Lawrence, Shapiro)  3:40
9 I Love You (Porter)  3:12
10 I'll Remember April (DePaul, Johnston, Raye)  4:53


Sal Salvador - g
Eddie Costa - p & vb
George Roumanis - b
Jimmy Campbell - dr

Recorded in New York City ; February 1956


jazzmusician said...

thanks a lot

getzoot said...

And my thanks, too

rowgatien said...

I say my grace to you.

Thomas said...

Thanks for posting this, really like how you copy all the art also.

FrankDell said...

Wonderful set. Dig anything with Eddie Costa. Merci, Monsieur Melanchthon.

El Rana said...

The perfect antidote to that skiffie rock 'n roll thing !!

Thanks a lot !!


slavko said...

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lepidus*vir said...

Yes, sadly, the password is not working for me either.

desperado said...

thanks for the great post but link don't work . can something be please be done . tnanks

headman said...

Yet another I missed. Any chance of a re-up, Mel?

headman said...

Found a link that's working...thanks once again, Mel.

deGallo said...

Thank you.

V. Alonso said...

Thank you Melanchthon!

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks again Mel. Salivdor is new to me, but I'm digging his playing.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Melanchthon said...

Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,

what a wonderful title for an album, thank you for this gem.

rm said...

merci beaucoup

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Kovina Kris said...

Great post!