Features the latest remastering. Includes a Japanese description and lyrics. Frank Minion's one and only recording is a fascinating window into the world of a jazz performer. Quite cynical and sarcastic toward the jaundiced American view of the jazz life, Minion minces no words in stating his case, his reasons why, and his conclusions as to the home country of the music so thoroughly dismissing the music he loves. As this project was done back in the late '50s and early '60s, it reflects a syndrome that unfortunately still exists 50 years later. The CD reissue begins with a five-part suite based on the talking points and songs reflecting the vagaries and perceptions of a fictional big city neighborhood, which just as easily could be the reality of renaissance Harlem, references to Atlanta, or perhaps his native Baltimore.
Features the latest remastering. Includes a Japanese description and lyrics. One of the few albums ever issued by vocalist Frank Minion – an ultra-hip singer that we'd rank right up there as one of our favorites ever! Although the cover bears a 1970 date, the album was recorded in the late 50s – and date reference is a great indication of the forward-thinking approach that Frank brings to his vocals! Minion works with echoes of some of his hippest contemporaries – particularly Oscar Brown and Eddie Jefferson – but he's also got a voice that's really individual, too – a lighter and fluid, especially when he hits some horn-like inflections – spurred on by the hip small combo of the backings. There appears to be a bit of crossover with Frank's other Bethlehem record, but we're not sure.
Nina Simone's legendary early recordings Including My Baby Just Cares For Me,' Porgy (I Loves You Porgy),' Love Me Or Leave Me,' & Mood Indigo'.
How much the arranger's art can embellish the music of even a group as small as that on this record emerges quite clearly during these performances. Taken on their own, none of these soloists — with the possible exception of Eddie Costa — would sound particularly remarkable. Heard within the context of the piquant, colourful settings devised by Manny Albam, Bill Holman and Sal Salvador, their work takes on more impact and significance. Thirty-three-year-old Frank Socolow has worked with many big bands during his career, a fact that has sometimes obscured his merits as a soloist.