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True Love

by Frank Weber

A collection of American Jazz standards, arranged in a Brazilian/ Bossa Nova style. Presents a unique tribute to the Great American Songbook, includes music by Ivan Lins and an original song by the artist, in his inimitable pianistic and vocal style.
Genre: Brazilian: Bossa Nova
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1. Traveling Boy
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2. I Can't Believe I'm Losing You
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3. P.S.I Love You
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4. True Love
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5. Two Sleepy People
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6. Perfect Stranger
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7. Even You and I
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8. An Affair to Remember
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9. The Tender Trap
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10. Inside a Silent Tear
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11. How Deep Is the Ocean
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12. So Many Stars
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
1.Traveling Boy 3:26

2. I Can't Believe I'm Losing You 5:55

3. P.S.I Love You 3:39

4. True Love 6:48

5. Two Sleepy People 5:55

6. Perfect Stranger 3:26

7. Even You and I 3:57

8. An Affair to Remember 4:15

9. The Tender Trap 3:50

10.Inside a Silent Tear 7:31

11. How Deep is the Ocean 4:09

12. So Many Stars 5:18

Traveling Boy
(Paul Williams and Roger Nichols)
Keyboards and Vocal - Frank Weber
Digital arrangements and performance - Frank Weber

I Can't Believe I'm Losing You
(Dominick Costa and Phil Zeller)
Piano and Vocal - Frank Weber
Guitar Solos - John Tropea
Digital arrangement and performance - Frank Weber

P.S.I Love You
(Gordon Jenkins and Johnny Mercer)
Piano, Keyboards and Vocal - Frank Weber
Fretless Bass - Mark Egan
Drums - Karl Latham
Digital arrangements and performance - Frank Weber

True Love
(Cole Porter)
Piano, Flutes, Keyboard and Vocals - Frank Weber
Trumpet - Vinnie Cutro
Drums- Karl Latham
Digital arrangement and performance - Frank Weber

Two Sleepy People
(Hoagy Carmichael and Frank Loesser)
Piano, Keyboards, Flutes and Vocal - Frank Weber
Melodion - Frank Weber
Digital arrangement and performance - Frank Weber

Perfect Stranger
(Frank Weber)
Keyboards, Melodion and Vocal - Frank Weber
Digital arrangement and performance - Frank Weber

Even You and I
(Ivan Lins, Vitor Martins and Brock Patrick Walsh)
Piano and Vocal - Frank Weber

An Affair to Remember
(Harold Adamson, Harry Warren and Leo McCarey)
Piano, Keyboards, Flutes and Vocal - Frank Weber
Melodion - Frank Weber
Digital Instruments arranged and performed by Frank Weber

The Tender Trap
(Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn)
Piano, Flutes and Vocals - Frank Weber
Drums - Karl Latham
Digital Instruments arranged and performed - Frank Weber

Inside a Silent Tear
(Blossom Dearie and Mariah Blackwolf)
Piano and Vocal - Frank Weber
Trumpet - Vinnie Cutro
Acoustic Bass - Brian Glassman
Digital Instruments arranged and performed by Frank Weber

How Deep is the Ocean
(Irving Berlin)
Piano and Vocal - Frank Weber
Acoustic Bass - Brian Glassman
Drums - Steve Johns

So Many Stars
(Sergio Mendes and Alan and Marilyn Bergman)
Piano and Vocal - Frank Weber
Acoustic Bass - Brian Glassman
Drums - Steve Johns

Produced, arranged and orchestrated by Frank Weber
"Perfect Stranger" - Anima Mundi Pub. (BMI) copyright 2018
Recorded at Anima Mundi Studio, Garrison, NY, Trading8's
Recording, Paramus, NJ and Sonic Park Studio, Paramus, NJ
All tracks mixed by Frank Weber and Chris Sulit, except "Traveling Boy", mixed by John Tropea
All Tracks engineered by Frank Weber, Chris Sulit and Phil Ludwig
Mastering Engineer - Jay Messina
Cover Art - "I See You in the Moon" by Jun Yonezawa, copyright 2018 (Jun's Light Candles) Cover Photo -Jun Yonezawa

This CD is collection of eleven of my favorite American standards songs, and is also a deep bow to these master craftsmen (among many) who have inspired, and in a sense, mentored me as a writer. It has been my intention to honor the spirit of these songs by arranging them within the framework of a genre which has inspired and greatly influenced me as an instrumentalist and vocalist, that of the contemporary Brazilian musical tradition. I hope that I have been succesful in portraying the subtlety, sensitivity, nuance and vivacity that that particular lyrical and rich musical heritage deserves. None of this would have been possible without the wonderful artistry and skills of the musicians and technicians who encouraged and supported me along the way. I sincerely thank everyone for their contributions.
Special thanks to John Tropea for just about everything, and Jun and Shuji Yonezawa for their constant enthusiasm, optimism and belief.

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Frank Weber is an internationally recognized songwriter, pianist and vocalist. Since his first release of originals songs in 1978 on RCA records, he has maintained a unique creative signature, melding instrumental jazz improvisation with memorable melodies and poetic lyrics. In the words of one original review: "Weber's songs offers a consistent blend of sophisticated harmonies, and soulful evocative lyrics". Known for his Jazz influenced phrasing and deep mellow timbre, his vocal stylings have been compared to Kenny Rankin, with his songwriting craft resting in the best tradition of the genre. As he once described his creative intentions: "The challenge of creating mature pop tunes with jazz sensibilities".

Born into a musical family, his father a professional saxophonist and vocalist, his earliest influence was Frank Sinatra, often imitating and performing for others the star's hits of the day. He began formal piano lessons at age 5, and was well versed in the classical literature by his early teens, at which time he first heard the music of Bill Evans. Jazz piano and harmony instruction began in parallel to his classical studies, and Frank entered Montclair State University as a piano and composition major with a minor in flute, and also joined his first professional band. (An important event which occurred at this time, was his first hearing of James Taylor on the radio singing "Fire and Rain", which affected Frank very deeply.) He continued to play in solo settings and various groups through his college years, and shortly therafter, formed his first group, a jazz trio, which performed in hotels and clubs on the East Coast. Frank's early piano and jazz mentors included Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Keith Jarret and Freddie Hubbard. Upon leaving college, he began private composition lessons at New York University, and concurrently began private piano instruction with famed jazz pianist and renowned teacher, Lennie Tristano. Returning home after a stint as pianist in a back-up trio for a road tour with the famous vocal group,The Four Lads, opportunities arose for jam sessions in NY city, and he began to establish himself among his peers. Most significantly, he found himself on gigs with prominent jazz masters such as Zoot Sims, Al Cohn and on one memorable occasion, in a church in Newark New Jersey, with the iconic saxophonist Rahsaan Roland Kirk. In parallel to this professional jazz identity was a blossoming, and in some ways very contrasted form of expression, that of songwriting. Usually limited to private personal and emotional experiences, the literate and often poetic part of Frank's creative nature found expression in song, and offered satisfaction in a way that strictly instrumental music lacked. As a means of uniting these, he began to consider the possibility of combining jazz improvisation as a central element within his songwriting. This was the beginning of a stylistic musical persona that he would seek to continue, and that would find expression in his subsequent recordings.
In 1978, his debut album, "As the Time Flies", was released on RCA to critical acclaim. Backed by such recording and session luminaries as drummer Steve Gadd, bassist Anthony Jackson, vibist Michael Mainieri, saxophonist Lou Marini and vocalist Luther Vandross, the The 'Hartford Courant' newspaper praised Weber's "unquestionably sophisticated talent and impressive composing style along the lines of Paul Simon and James Taylor". To introduce his new album, RCA launched an as yet unprecedented concert tour; 25 East coast colleges took part in what Billboard Magazine described as " the most extensively planned college expeditions in music business history." In addition, with his own hand picked band, Frank was able to write new original material on the road, specifically for his instrumentalists, and then carry that same band and material into the studio for his second album, "Frank Weber". All the energy that created standing ovations in concert was captured in this second offering of songs. As one reviewer critiqued, the result was "a superbly crafted album that defies any trend and exhibits a flair for songwriting that is rarely encountered in today's pop music".
These two albums attained international recognition, and have been universally received by critics and fans as timeless masterpieces. They are considered iconic representations of a cultural genre, as well as a showcasing of Frank's originality as a songwriter and jazz influenced pianistic style.
After the second album and his release from RCA, Weber returned to his jazz roots and embarked on a solo European tour as a featured jazz pianist and vocalist, performing in Geneva, Zurich, Brussels and Monte Carlo. Following the years in Europe, he returned to NYC and remained very active as a pianist, vocalist, band leader and teacher in the New York area, and continued recording original music and writing songs. In 2008, Frank began a correspondence with Toshi Kanazawa, the original contributor of liner notes for the Japanese release of "As the Time Flies" in 1978. Mr. Kanazawa encouraged Frank to submit new song material to Vivid Sound Records in Tokyo, and in Spring of 2010, Frank's third album of original songs, entitled, "Before You" was released exclusively in Japan.

The current release, "True Love", is an attempt to once again merge different aspects of his musical nature. Channeling his creativity in a role more of arranger than writer, Frank infuses these Brazilian themed stylings of American standards (and one original) with his individualistic pianistic and vocal style. The arrangements are unique, original, and provide a fresh take on these classic masterpieces. Embellished with the instrumental virtuosity of John Tropea on guitar, Mark Egan on fretless bass, and Vinnie Cutro on trumpet, Karl Latham on drums, and Brian Glassman on acoustic bass, Frank invites the listener to experience a new dimension of his personal creative journey.










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