Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Frand D' Rone "double exposure"

(Whaling City Sound) Frank D' Rone is a local legend, the last standing Chicago-area classic jazz vocals-era cat, this side of Milt Trenier (who married into Chicagoland, the same way he married into being able to nosh Jewish delicacies with authority at Skokie delis). In a return to the recording studio D' Rone's golden pipes are seasoned but still surprisingly youthful and relatively muscular, authoritatively ushering Arlen, Newley, and Hammerstein into the 21st Century. The classy arrangements (by Phil Kelly) either swing hard or sway loose on sparem (yet lush) guitar. D' Rone is respected but underappreciated, and while I'm comfortabe with the "l" word, in truth he's a should-be-legend, just because not enough folks know about his legacy. prowess, and magic.

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