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Frank Rosolino

The horrible way that Frank Rosolino's life ended (killing himself after shooting his two sons) has largely overshadowed his earlier musical accomplishments. One of the top trombonists of the 1950s, Rosolino's fluid and often-humorous style put him near the top of his field for awhile.

He was a guitarist when he was ten, but switched to trombone as a teenager. After serving in the military, Rosolino played with the big bands of Bob Chester, Glen Gray, Gene Krupa (1948-1949), Tony Pastor, Herbie Fields, and Georgie Auld. However, all of those experiences were just preludes to his high-profile association with Stan Kenton (1952-1954), which gave him fame. Rosolino recorded frequently in Los Angeles as a member of the Lighthouse All-Stars (1954-1960), a freelancer, and as a studio musician. His song "Blue Daniel" became a jazz standard, and Rosolino was a popular attraction as a brilliant trombonist and a comical singer. He was with Supersax for a period in the 1970s. Rosolino's shocking ending was a surprise to even his closest associates. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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Being a bassist and growing up listening to Frank I was always marveled at Franks genius and incredible technical abilities that no other trombonist could be compared to. Personally I don't think there should be any negative info given that would label or depict a persons life. Bird had his problems as well as about 90% of the jazz icons of our century not to mention painters, poets, writers and civilians in general. More than half of America are on some sort of Psych medication .
The things Rosolino can do on this instrument are truly amazing. This from one who has studied trombone and played for nearly 20 years. Unbelievable , a TRUE talent. This is the level that cannot be attained from hard work alone. It is sometimes baffling just to listen.
robinsonl8
Wikipedia actually states that Frank's wife shot him (after he threatened her with a gun) and then shot her two sons--she purportedly confessed this in 2001 to her third son. The gun was studied by police in 2010. The information in this bio should be checked and confirmed--i f the circumstance s are uncertain then that should be stated. It's misleading.
jmerid
ya'll need to check out a little vinyl named Tutti's Trombones! whew!
jazzcattz2
Yum!
I'm wondering if Frank got all those fast changes with the help of an 'F' attachment-- - I ' l l give it a try & see if I can emmulate him with my new Bach horn--like sure
Probably the best overall bebop jazz trombone player, Frank Rosolino was a troubled man, but was able to produce some of the most fabulous jazz ever recorded. My friend and professional jazz trumpeter Bob Summers says that he definitely listens to Rosolino. Bob is a collector and listens to many players and not only on his instrument. I actually met Frank once briefly and was amazed at this little guy who could seemingly do ANYTHING on the awkward instrument known as the tenor trombone.
I saw/heard Frank in a small club in Denver back in the '50's-- My Brother Jim worked with Stan Kenton--late 50's early 60's--Stan was quoted as rating him among world's greatest lead Trumpet players---Ag a i n thanks---

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