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Frank Capp Juggernaut: Play it Again Sam

Building on the album’s title, a reference to both composer arranger Sam Nestico and the famed film in which the frequently misquoted line was supposedly said, the cover photo shows Capp dressed in a Bogie-like trench coat and fedora a la Casablanca, while the tray credits are set up in the style of a movie ad. A cute idea, but this Frank, far from being either a Capra or a Coppola, is, and has been for decades a top-flight jazz drummer whose orchestral outputs neither need nor deserve allusions to the accomplishments of others. With 12 swinging charts by Nestico, a principal architect of the Basie “New Testament” sound, the Capp crew displays a sectional tightness and communal enthusiasm likely to become the envy of and model for the now countless campus-based big bands across the country.

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