[JPL] Uptown records

Jim Wilke jwilke123 at comcast.net
Sat Feb 2 13:30:23 EST 2008

On Saturday, February 2, 2008, at 08:39  AM, Jazz Promo Services wrote:

> But it is not a re-issue: Trombone Heaven is a previoulsy unreleased
> performance made in Canada in the 1970's with the "local" rhythm
> section.
> You are correct Lazaro...
> This recording is a genuine rarity. Recorded August 12, 1978 at the 
> Bayside
> Room of the Bayshore Inn, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Trombone
> Heaven features two trombone masters, Frank Rosolino and Carl Fontana, 
> at
> the top of their game in a never-before-released live recording.
> Frank Rosolino, was born in Detroit and comes from a musical family. He
> spent the better part of his musical career on the West Coast where he
> established himself in the bands of Stan Kenton, Howard Rumsey’s All 
> Stars
> and Supersax as well as much film and television studio work.  Highly
> regarded by his musical peers Rosolino was known as much for his 
> boisterous
> humor and pranks as for his swinging trombone playing. Rosolino had a
> personal way of articulating notes early on.  “Frank tongued every 
> note,”
> reveals trombonist Gil Falco. “It’s repetitive tonguing instead of 
> slurring
> or using the natural breaks on the horn.  That’s very hard to do and I 
> don’t
> think anyone ever did it like he could.  On up-tempo things, 
> especially, you
> just couldn’t match him.  I don’t know how he came up with that.  He 
> must’ve
> developed it in Detroit because nobody else did it.”  Trombonist Bill
> Watrous elaborates: “It’s real hard to do but if you can master it, it
> almost makes the rest easy in comparison.”
> Carl Fontana is from the small, northeast Louisiana town of Monroe.  
> After
> receiving his graduate degree in music he played in Big Bands most 
> notably
> with Woody Herman, Lionel Herman and Stan Kenton.  Later he made his 
> living
> in Las Vegas show bands playing and recording jazz when he could. Tenor
> saxophonist Bill Trujillo was on the Herman band and he remembers 
> Fontana’s
> impact: “Urbie Green played lead trombone.  He’d done a lot of touring 
> and
> really paid his dues so Woody gave him most of the solos.  Here comes 
> this
> kid out of Louisiana, right out of college, and he’s unbelievable!  So 
> they
> let Carl take a lot of solos and I think Urbie was pissed about that.  
> Urbie
> still played ballads and things like “Bijou,” but Carl got the real 
> fast
> stuff like “Apple Honey.”  Carl was magnificent on those things.  
> Nobody
> could play fast tempos like him.” Fontana devised a way of achieving 
> speed,
> that has come to be called ‘doodle-tongue.’  (Make the sound
> “doodle-doodle-doodle” and see how the back of your tongue undulates.
> Trombone master Bill Watrous had this to say about Frank Rosolino and 
> Carl
> Fontana.  “They were both at the absolute top of their instrument. 
> They are
> the High Priests of jazz trombone…and there’s no one around today 
> who’s even
> remotely on their level.”

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