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The Great Fontana

Carl Fontana

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Considering his ability and strong reputation, it is very surprising that this was trombonist Carl Fontana's first recording date as a leader. Fifty-seven at the time, Fontana's fluent horn matches well with tenor saxophonist Al Cohn, pianist Richard Wyands, bassist Ray Drummond, and drummer Akira Tana. The CD reissue of the Uptown release expands the original six-song program to ten. An excellent effort from an underrated but talented bop-based trombonist.

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The great Fontana

If you ever doubted that a trombone was the world's most perfect wind instrument, this man plays the most beautiful and technically dazzling solos I've ever heard. "America the Beautiful" has never sounded so rich and optimistic as these guys do it. It will make your hair stand up, even if you're a Canadian!

Biography

Born: July 18, 1928 in Monroe, LA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

A brilliant trombonist who has spent much of the past 40 years playing commercial music in Las Vegas, Carl Fontana occasionally emerges to remind listeners just how technically skilled he is. The son of a saxophonist, Fontana started out playing in his father's group during 1941-1945, but did not gain prominence until he was with Woody Herman's Orchestra (1952-1953). Fontana spent time in the big bands of Lionel Hampton (1954), Hal McIntyre (1954-1955), and most importantly Stan Kenton (1955-1956),...
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