[Trombone-l] Great Moments from Rosolino

Chris Tune crtune at adelphia.net
Mon Nov 14 15:36:57 CST 2005

There we go. . .I KNEW it was only a matter of time.  THE VOCAL ALBUM of 
Frank's.  Every tune on this recently re-released WEA catalog item "Turn Me 
Loose" is Frank singing AND playing.  You need to get this album, if only 
for the hilarious version of "Pennies From Heaven".  In it Frank shows that 
he can scat sing with the best and even lapse off into yodelling. . .(the 
band appears to "disapprove". . .).

There are also a couple of originals like "Whatcha Gonna Do on Monday?" and 
"Please Don't Bug Me", which are cheeky, funny boppish vocals.  They are 
pretty damn good.

Frank has a unique style of singing which may be a little "outre" for those 
who primarily like the more traditional big band singer like Sinatra.  His 
is a more "marcato" and quirky style.  I kinda like the style for a bop 
group.  I'd probably get tired of it after weeks and weeks of a five nighter 
backing it, but then I doubt that Frank wound up singing this steadily. He 
was doubtlessly the perfect guy to just jump in and bring out his book and 
pop in a coupla tunes to fill in for a missing act or something.  Probably 
steal the show!

And of course every time he plays a jazz trombone solo. . . .YIKES!

You can order this one on:


Chris Tune

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bill Dinwiddie" <billdin at comcast.net>
To: "List Trombone" <TROMBONE-L at server5.samford.edu>
Sent: Monday, November 14, 2005 12:36 PM
Subject: [Trombone-l] Great Moments from Rosolino

> Scott wrote:
> "The Lemon Drop Kid, as Rosolino was called did a lot of commercial
> and big band singing in his pre-Kenton days."
> For the greatest, funniest, hippest Rosolino singing and playing, I highly 
> recommend the album (or CD) "Turn Me Loose". Frank sings on almost every 
> tune and he is great. On "Pennies From Heaven" he manages to combine 
> playing and singing, and does some hilarious scatting and yodeling as 
> well. This man was a musical genius with a marvelously inventive sense of 
> humor. I am so sad that he chose to end his life so early. He had so much 
> more to say to us.
> Bill Dinwiddie
> billdin at comcast.net
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