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Frank and Joe Show: 33 1/3

The Frank and Joe of the Frank and Joe Show are guitarist Frank Vignola and drummer Joe Ascione, who make their debut with 33 1/3 (Hyena). With this recording, the pair reference a fading medium-there is the title, and then the recording itself, a snappy 37 minutes long, split neatly into sides 1 and 2-and also a distant era. The Frank and Joe Show wants to recall the sort of wartime radio variety show vibe where pop and jazz shared formats on friendly terms. While Vignola and Ascione have adapted the program to their own interests-in place of big band swoon there is small group swing and occasional Caribbean breeze-the variety show template survives intact: the solos never go on for too long, and musicianship fills in the spaces between novelty tunes and winking vocal numbers.

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