Thursday, January 21, 2010

Now's the Time: Frank Vignola

Frank Vignola joins fiddler Mark O'Connor Saturday at the Folly Theater. As he demonstrates in this video, which also features the wonderful Bucky Pizzarelli, Vignola is the type of guitarist who can play incomprehensibly fast. Because the concert is billed as a tribute to Django Reinhardt, "Limehouse Blues" will almost certainly be featured Saturday. Heather Masse will provide vocals. Joe Klopus previewed the concert.


Anonymous said...

The boy can play, no doubt. Heather Masse has a gorgeous voice and looks to match - I'd be curious to hear her in this setting as opposed to her solo work or with the Wailin' Jennys. Look up "Bathtub" from her solo album "Bird Song." It sounds like a slinky dress, and may be a little corny, but damn...I'm smitten.

the unthinking lemming said...

I've loved Vignola since his work with Sam Pilafian and Ken Peplowski in a group they called Travelin' Light.

the unthinking lemming said...

Listened to some of Vignola this morning. Of note were two examples of Limehouse Blues. One as a duet (really a trio because Vignola is often playing both lead and rhythm) with tubist Sam Pilafian with Rhythme Futur stuck on the front of the tune. The other example was with O'Conner and Jon Burr from O'Conner's album celebrating Django and Stephane Grappelli. Great stuff.