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Guy Fricano: The Chicago Sessions

Fricano is a power trumpeter from Chicago whose background includes stints in the bands of Maynard Ferguson and Buddy Rich. In this CD on his own label he demonstrates, amply, his range and volume. He is at least as impressive in quieter moments. On his “Song for Johanna” and “So Happy” and on Pete Christlieb’s “With Any Luck at All,” his brass muscle ripples under a surface of lyricism. The back cover notes say that Fricano plays a borrowed flugelhorn for the latter two. He might want to borrow it again; the instrument brings out a lovely reflective aspect of his work. “Song for Johanna” and “So Happy,” a waltz on original changes, show a bent for composition. Fricano’s basic unit is his sextet, but for some pieces he expands the band with guests. His expansion partners are tenor saxophonist Christlieb, trumpeter Conte Candoli and alto saxophonist Richie Cole.

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