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Son of Folk Songs for Jazzers

Frank Macchia

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Album Review

Entire jazz albums devoted to folk songs are rare, though many of the songs within Frank Macchia's CD have been recorded by jazz bands at one time or another. But Macchia succeeds because the multi-reed player puts his own stamp on these familiar melodies with imaginative charts that keep the listener guessing. A perfect example is the opening track, "I've Been Working on the Railroad," which has stops in swing, Latin, and New Orleans, all with playful solos and tight ensemble work. The cool-toned setting of "Oh! Susanna" sounds straight out of the '50s, with rich writing for reeds and brass. Perhaps the most startling piece is the fusion rendition of "The Arkansas Traveler" utilizing electric keyboards, guitar, and bass in a big, brassy, in-your-face manner. Macchia transforms "Erie Canal" into a funky vehicle for Bill Reichenbach on tuba, while vocalist Tierney Sutton is added for "Red River Valley" with Grant Geissman's jarring electric guitar providing contrast in the background. There's never a dull moment in Frank Macchia's arrangements of these well-known tunes, and there remains a wealth of traditional folk melodies that are ripe for his future experiments.

Customer Reviews

Amazing Arrangements!

This CD takes jazz arranging to a whole new level! Don't miss it!

Smart Reinterpretations

Frank Macchia's got serious skills as an arranger, and they're on full display here. If you ever get a chance to check out his shows, don't miss the opportunity. They're thrilling.

Awesome arrangements and a killer band...

Grammy-nominated Frank Macchia has done it again with 'Son of Folk Songs For Jazzers'. He has writing chops for days and a highly original style. These classic American folk songs are the springboard for his creative, hip arrangements. Believe me, you have never heard anything quite like this! The band features some of the best jazz musicians in Los Angeles; great solos, and they burn through this challenging book with ease.

Highly recommended. Be sure to check out the original 'Folk Songs For Jazzers' as well.

Son of Folk Songs for Jazzers, Frank Macchia
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