Great Folk Songs Review by Scott Yanow!
December 18, 2010
The Folk Songs for Jazzers CD received a great review by jazz journalist and critic Scott Yanow:
Folk Songs For Jazzers
Frank Macchia, who loves both vintage folk songs and jazz, is a very creative arranger-composer and saxophonist.
On Folk Songs for Jazzers, he put together both a unique repertoire and a one-of-a-kind jazz orchestra.
The instrumentation on Folk Songs For Jazzers features 1 trumpet, 3 trombones, 4 reeds and flutes, piano, bass,
drums and occasional vibes. However those are only the main instruments. The trombonists are also heard on
baritone horns, bass trombones and tubas (sometimes three tubas are heard at once), while the reeds range from
bass clarinets and piccolos to bass sax, with the four musicians heard on no less than 32 instruments. Tierney
Sutton and Ellis Hall have a guest vocal apiece.
The repertoire includes such unlikely material as “I've Been Working On The Railroad,” “Oh, Susanna,” “Polly
Wolly Doodle,” and “On Top Of Old Smokey.” However the familiar themes, while stated are often played in
abstract fashion, the solos are quite adventurous and the arrangements are full of dissonance, variety and wit. You
have never heard these songs played this way before!
Such greats as trumpeter Wayne Bergeron, tenor-saxophonist Bob Sheppard, guitarist Grant Geissman, drummer
Peter Erskine are on this project. But the real star is Frank Macchia and his vivid imagination. This unusual gem is
available from www.frankmacchia.net.