Title - 'Keep It Movin'
Artist - Frank Piombo
For those not in the know, Frank Piomboís portfolio is an impressive one. Appearing as lead guitarist and vocalist alongside Sidewalk Symphony, The Fantasy Band, Stepping Out, The New Prince Band, US & Co, the original Infernos; and sharing the stage with the likes of The Duprees, The Mello Kings, Vito and the Salutations, and Vito and the Elegants, Frank has proved to be much more than a jazz guitarist.
Indeed, Frankís CDs (The Night Speaks, Sleepwalk, and Smooth Reminiscence) have led to a large international following, prompting several fan pages on Facebook. And his music is now heard throughout North America, and several other continents, including: Africa, Australia, Europe, and South America.
More so now as his creative and infectious passion and optimism for music has once more come to the fore with the impending release of his fourth album, Keep It Movin', due out August 4th, 2017 via Sound Exchange Publishing.
1. 'Keep It Movin'
2. 'Al dente (Tino's Theme)'
3. 'Sunset Beach'
4. 'Middle of the Night'
5. 'Rush Hour Funk'
6. 'Sogno D'Amore'
7. 'Easin' Up (Remix)'
8. 'Keep It Movin' (Vocal)'
We begin in fine form with the title track, 'Keep It Movin', a cut that instantly reminds me of George Benson's guitar playing, and that's backed by both the free flowing hipsway of 'Al dente (Tino's Theme)' and the more dedicated horns of the steamy 'Sunset Beach.' The dusk to dawn Latin groove feel of 'Middle of the Night' is one of my own personal favorites here. Incorporating some heated trumpet work from Sam Hankins, that's followed by the twanging guitar and alert horn work from saxophonist Tony Exum Jr. on 'Rush Hour Funk.'
The laid back saxophone and string work on 'Sogno D'Amore,' coupled with Piombo's expert guitar playing makes this a very fluid and joyful track, and that's backed by the late night, cigar smoke-filled underground jazz bar feel of 'Easin' Up (Remix).' With the album being rounded out by an impressive 'Keep It Movin' (Vocal)' (sung by Joe Arminio, and which is something I truly wish more artists of this genre would encourage), Keep It Movin' is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of my top picks for Album of the Year 2017.
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