On new years day 2011, we lost a major force in American music. Charles Fambrough was a master bassist, composer and educator. His talents were surpassed only by his humanity. His spirit will always be with us and this world is a much better place for it being here.
Hi everyone. Just to catch up, it’s been a busy couple of months. LVPA is hummin’… we had a very successful jazz concert at Broughal Middle School in October, which is unheard of in high school music programs since the academic year begins in September and kids need time to learn new music. Not so here. These kids play like pros!
The Quartet had a sellout concert at Symphony Hall in November. It featured Justin Odom, Chet Brown, Chicago Carl Snyder,Greg Eicher, Sean Kennedy and Greg Edwards.
It was the largest crowd ever for the Friday Jazz Caberet Series.
We will be at Godfrey Daniels on February 18th be there for a great show !
The second annual Festivus Concert was a gas !!!
Full house, great performances by everyone especally the Gospel /Jazz Choirs and the 11 O’Clock lab band.
I hope all of us have a healthy and happy holiday season.
I am always honored and somewhat flattered when I recieve compliments on my work. Here are a few reviews that some critics were kind enough to publish.
REVIEW: Frank DiBussolo’s “Average White Cats”
Published April 19th, 2010 at 10:06 pm in Music Reviews with no comments
Tagged with Frank DiBussolo, jazz
The description of this CD hits it on the head perfectly: “Latin-flavored guitar jazz in a quintet setting”. Imagine yourself surrounded by Wes Montgomery and Pat Martino at a winery or art gallery. This is the kind of laid back jazz you’ll find on Frank DiBussolo’s Average White Cats (Lost World). The cover photo shows two white cats, but the title is of course a jazzy reference to the musicians who appear on the album, who are mighty fine on their instruments, regardless of skin tone.
My two favorite songs on this CD are the two longest tracks, the 7:10 “Loco Linda” and the 8:23 “Una Samba Pequena”, which allows DiBussolo to do brilliantly on his guitar while the band push each other towards success without ever forgetting DiBussolo is the leader.
The music never goes over the top nor does it hold back, its brilliance is in what is right there coming out of the speakers. DiBussolo and friends are far from just average
Published: April 30, 2010
by Vince Lewis
Frank DiBussolo is an experienced player and educator. His guitar work has been featured with bands the likes of Buddy Rich, Art Blakey and Dizzy Gillespie. He has appeared as a sideman with Diana Ross, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra. DiBussolo is currently Director of the Guitar and Jazz Studies Department at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts.
Average White Cats is a collection of original material. Titles include “Blue Heron,” “Loco Linda,” “Gracie and Kate,” “Vin Dolce” and “Una Samba Pequena.” There is also a sensitive vocal rendition of the classic “When You’re Smiling.” DiBussolo is a creative writer who bases his compositions on traditional jazz harmonies. His solos are thoughtful and well crafted. His sound and phrasing shows his many musical influences. The title cut “Average White Cats” is a bluesy shuffle tune with a catchy melody line.
DiBussolo is joined by Greg Edwards (woodwinds), Chicago Carl Snyder (keyboards), Greg Eicher (double bass) and Sean Kennedy (drums, latin percussion). Each player plays a solid role in creating a very effective and cohesive ensemble performance.
Frank DiBussolo is an excellent example of a dedicated teacher who is also a fine performer. It is a very difficult task to balance the two musical worlds. This CD is also a fitting tribute to his late friend Kenny Rankin. Listeners and fans of traditional mainstream jazz should truly enjoy this album.
Title: Average White Cats
Gene Bertoncini is a genius ! Genius is not a word I use lightly. I say this because in the course of spending a stellar day with the brilliant guitarist, I and the students at LVPA observed the scope,depth, ability and passion of a true artist. Not only did Gene play on the highest level he inspired the participating students to also perform on a higher level. The evening concert with Greg Eicher ,bassist and myself was spectacular ! The audience at Godfrey Daniels was treated to jazz and classical genre inspired music as well as Gene’s sparkling personality. The true genius can make the most complex subject seem simple. Gene does this with humor,eloquence and humility. He is a genius and he is my friend.
I am overwhelmed to have such eloquent words written about my work. Thank you Christopher.
JAZZ Reviewed 04-26-10
Average White Cats
Lost in the torrent of mediocre music is the feeling one gets from greatness. Modern jazz offers many a chance to rediscover the blessings of musical art that the genre’s finest produce. Frank DiBussolo’s “Average White Cats” is just such an offering; A gift for the masses to fill the hole left by less than stellar releases.
The best of modern jazz can be adjusted to fit your style. You can blend it, mash it, put a spoonful in your coffee, and it will taste just as great. “Average White Cats” is anything but what it’s title would suggest. It is a landmark recording for modern jazz enthusiasts which will likely serve as a target to strive for in the future.
With a touch of Latin jazz, the album’s top track is “Una Samba Pequena.” The glory of this song lies in it’s simplicity. It may be just a song, but it’s message sails across the seas into the realm of instant classic.
It’s not every day one comes across a talent on par with Frank DiBussolo. When you do, you should always give their work a listen with an open heart and clean soul. Make “Average White Cats” a piece of your evolving music collection today.
Christopher Llewellyn Adams
I am very happy to report that my new CD, Average White Cats, has charted #17 on the Jazz Week World Chart !
This is up from 46th the previous week. We are getting a lot of play accross the country and in Canada. Stay tuned for more on Cats !
April 22nd was a great day! LVPA students were treated with a visit by guitar master Jack Wilkins. Jack and I conducted a master class where we played tunes and answered many great questions by the students. Faculty member and bassist Greg Eicher was on hand to add his voice to the group and the result was astounding.
Later that evening the same trio performed in concert at the famed listening club, Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem, Pa.
The crowd was treated to to virtuosity of Mr. Wilkins, who is a very gracious and humble person as well as a monster on guitar. This is why I call the series the Great Guitarist Concert Series.
I am really looking forward to tomorrow. Jack Wilkins, one of greatest guitarists in the world will be at LVPA for an early afternoon master class and then a duo concert at Godfrey Daniels, the legendary listening club in Bethlehem ,Pa.
Jack is just superb as a musician. His harmonic sense is awesome as is his improvisation. We have performed many times together and the is always a special chemistry between us. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear this event.
Hello I am really happy with the new web site design. Justin Odom, chef, luthier, computer scientist and the fifth member of my quartet designed it. Let me know your thoughts on it.
Average white cats, the CD is doing well. It charted last week on the World Jazz Chart at #42!
This week I be playing with the great Jack Wilkins at Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem, Pa as the Great Guitarist Concert Series rides again.
On may 20th Gene Bertoncini is in.
June 17th brings the west coast virtuoso John Stowell
July 15 the one and only Bucky Pizzarelli
Sept. 16 a trio concert with Steve Heberman, Mike Gellar and me !
all the best,
Hi everyone. My new album, Average White Cats, has been released. Thanks to all the talented musicians that contributed. Greg Eicher on double bass, Greg Edwards on clarinet/saxophone, Sean J Kennedy on drums, and Carl “Chicago” Snyder on keyboard.
Have a listen here. Let me know what you think.