Frank Tarantino Quartet
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Let Me be frank

The title of my CD "Let Me be frank" is not only the title, it also symbolizes my feelings for the music I hold near and dear. Music can trigger emotions and memories. Music gives me the support I need to get through the hard times and to celebrate the good times. No matter what your mood, there is a song that expresses it. Music is always near.

Lyrics complete a song and tell a story. Each musician and each listener interprets the song in a unique way, bringing to it their own experiences, memories and emotions. In relationships, too, each person interprets, reacts and behaves according to their own history and background.

Music and relationships, they are inseparable. I do not know one without the other. The people we are close to and who influence us the most have the same interests. The actor, artist, dancer, musician and audience are drawn to one another in appreciation of the art and the artist's talent.

Music and dance are the only art forms that exist in a moment in time and then they are gone. No two performances are ever exactly the same. That makes music exciting, challenging, humbling and very rewarding.

I wanted the music on this CD to be spontaneous, to convey that "moment in time" feeling. I asked my musicians to come to the studio not knowing what tunes we were playing. We talked over each number before recording, and recorded the first take on all but two songs. The result is fresh, original and creative.

It is a privilege to play with my fellow musicians on this recording:
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I'm Milwaukee born and bread, born to 1st. generation Sicilian parents Anne Riccobuono and Frank Tarantino Sr. I was raised on the east side of Milwaukee where music was abundant, I was a very luck young man. Both parents where involved with music either thru church mom and dad, or light opera my dad. We always had a piano in the house and singing was a must. Being in this setting my inspirations came at an early age.

The Kool Jazz festival came to Milwaukee back then and being the size town Milwaukee was it made it easy to take a buss or even ride your bike to see Ella with Oscar, or Dizzy with Sam Jones.

my dad was more "legit" in his musical taste...if it wasn't opera or Mario or some Italian Marching Band it really wasn't music. Oh yah, he REALLY liked that blue eyed Italian boy from Hoboken. Mom loved all the singers girls like Sarah, Carmen, Ella, Ms. Washington, Rosie, June Christy. for the guys singers it was ALWAYS Joe Williams, Aurther P. of course Mr. Sinatra...if he was left out that would have cost her a whole bunch of Novena's.

I did not start on an instrument until I was 8 or 9 and of course it had to be the accordion..."frankie, your cousin plays will too" hated I want to play bass like that guy on The Mike Douglas and The Tonight Show...So needless to say I played accordion until my parents felt I needed to get a good factory job.

I did do a lot of singing in high school hanging out with buddies playing guitar and finding out about the electric bass guitar. Not until 30 years old did I finally pick up my "beloved" and found wonderful teachers so helpful, giving, encouraging and butt kicking to help me in my pursuit of the bass violin.

I've been lucky to have started as a singer then bassist. It made singing and playing a lot easier. So now I'LL be 55 this June 6

I've been working in a factory for 30 years and I still have that same dream of being a competent bassist and I still ask to "let me be frank" I feel this music JAZZ is so much apart of our "American" way of life...not the negative we read in the papers, hear on the news...the part of go, express your self. Live it right now. This is how I feel this moment in time. I am a neophyte a novice in this great world of wonderful truly original music and I only hope to pay homage to all who love this music.