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Guitarist Frank Vignola can play nearly any style, from sounding like Django Reinhardt to fusion. On this set of 14 familiar Gershwin songs, Vignola plays swing without copying Reinhardt, creating fresh ideas within the vintage genre in his own style. Accompanied by Corey Christiansen (who sticks to playing rhythm guitar), bassist Tom Kennedy and his frequent musical partner drummer Joe Ascione, Vignola mostly performs straightforward solos, with the exception of a humorous rendition of the closer "But Not for Me." The music is quite accessible, witty in spots, and always swings. The overall results are rewarding and easily recommended to fans of the swing guitar.


Born: December 30, 1965 in West Islip, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s

An extremely versatile jazz guitarist, Frank Vignola has demonstrated that he is capable of playing everything from fusion and commercial pop-jazz to hard bop, post-bop, and swing. The native New Yorker has a wide variety of influences; everyone from Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, and Pat Metheny to Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian has affected his playing in some way. For Vignola, different influences have asserted themselves at different times -- the Reinhardt or Christian influence might be especially...
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