Frank Catalano: Pins 'N' Needles
Not since the days of Walter Dyett and his DuSable students has a young Chicago tenor player ascended the ranks so quickly as Frank Catalano. Barely in his twenties, this young saxophonist has apprenticed in the big bands of Lenny King and Marshall Vente among others; but it is his south side experience that is most in evidence on this, his sophomore recording. Working with artists like Von Freeman and the late Charles Earland have made Catalano an aggressive player, as he displays as much guts as guile. Guesting on this CD is the redoubtable trumpeter Randy Brecker, whose style stands in high relief to Catalano's.
Willie Pickens continues to inspire us with his creativity and sense of swing, after so many decades at the piano. The rhythm team of Larry Gray and Joel Spencer is as well known to Chicago listeners as it is unstoppable. To quote Dick Buckley, I would sound good with this rhythm section! The 50 minute program includes blues and bebop, and Catalano's Hey You! is a strong blowing vehicle on Coltrane's Impressions changes.—Peter Coppock, jazz radio host
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