Frank was joined on the recording by Joe Ascione on drums, Tom Kennedy on bass and Corey Christiansen on guitar. While typically a Benedetto player, Frank went with a Saga Blueridge flattop for this project.
Vignola Plays Gershwin features 14 of the composer’s most popular tunes. All of the tracks were laid down on a single day (July 21, 2006) at Music Masters Recording Studio in St. Louis, Missouri.
The actual studio time was around four hours, which helped to give the project the crisp sound of a CD that seemed to be waiting to be made. After the session, Tom remarked that the music was just flowing out of the instruments. No more than two takes were needed for any of the tunes.
Photograph by J. Bruce Summers
The pace of the session was especially impressive because it was the first time Frank and Corey had played together, not to mention the first time Frank and Tom had even met.
The CD was produced by William Bay, president of Mel Bay Publications, who helped Frank with the challenge of choosing songs from the more than 1000 compositions in the Gershwin catalog. They decided to focus on the most popular tunes, reasoning that Frank’s unique style would bring new life to familiar standards such as “Summertime” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me”.
A popular Mel Bay author, Frank is also featured on two Mel Bay Records DVDs:
Bucky Pizzarelli: Favorite Solos featuring Frank Vignola (21225DVD)
Frank Vignola’s Gypsy Jazz Jam (20087DVD)
Frank Vignola Official Website: www.frankvignola.com