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Rosolino, Frank

Frank Rosolino (August 20, 1926 – November 26, 1978) was an American jazz trombonist. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Frank Rosolino studied the guitar with his father from the age of 9. He took up the trombone at age 14 while he was enrolled at Miller High School where he played with Milt Jackson in the school's stage band and small group. Having never graduated, Rosolino joined the 86th Division Army Band during World War II. Perhaps most influential of all was the street education Rosolino received after returning to Detroit following his period in the Army during which he sat in at the Mirror Ballroom or the Bluebird where other to-be-renowned musicians also congregated, the Jones brothers (Hank, Thad, and Elvin), Tommy Flanagan, Kenny Burrell, Paul Chambers and later at the 3 Deuces on 52nd Street in New York City with Charlie Parker. During these years Rosolino was also performing with the big bands of Bob Chester, Glen Gray, Tony Pastor, Herbie Fields, and perhaps most notably Gene Krupa and Stan Kenton. After a period with Kenton he settled in Los Angeles where he performed with Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars (1954–1960) in Hermosa Beach. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, between nightclub engagements, Rosolino was active in many Los Angeles recording studios where he performed with such notables as Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, Mel Tormé, Michel Legrand, and Quincy Jones among others. He can also be seen performing with Shelly Manne's group in the film I Want to Live! (1958) starring Susan Hayward, and also in Sweet Smell of Success (1957) with Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis. He recorded one vocal album, Turn Me Loose!, featuring both his singing and trombone playing. He can also be seen performing in the half hour syndicated program The Jazz Scene, hosted by Oscar Brown, Jr. It was during the 1970s that Rosolino performed and toured with Quincy Jones and the Grammy Award winning group Supersax.

Recordings

Frank Rosolino: In Copenhagen

FRANK ROSOLINO In Copenhagen Frank Rosolino managed to squeeze in trips abroad for specific tours. In the Summer of 1978 he did what was to be his last solo tour in Europe. He came to Copenhagen late in August to play at Slukefter in the Tivoli Gardens which is where the present CD was recorded. He was backed by Thomas Clausen Trio and with no restrictions on length of performances the quartet was allowed to expand the chosen pieces. Blue Daniel was Frank’s best known composition. It has the unusual chorus length of 14 bars. Waltz For Diane is played in waltz time. There is plenty of fast slide work here. How About You? Is nicely relaxed and serves as a prelude to a marathon blues performance using Thelonious Monk’s Straight No Chaser as the theme. There Is No Greater Love uses short, punching phrases during the solo to add impetus. Blue Daniel – How About You? – Straight No Chaser – There Is No Greater Lve – Waltz For Diane