FRANK TARANTINO JR. | Let me be Frank

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Let me be Frank


A fine blend of vocal and instrumental jazz standards, R&B and original. The quartet brings new arrangments and flavors to some well known and new songs.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fly Me to the Moon
Frank Tarantino Quartet
5:11 $0.99
2. Autumn Leaves
Frank Tarantino Quartet
5:56 $0.99
3. Kiara's Song
Frank Tarantino Quartet
4:40 $0.99
4. Moonlight in Vermont
Frank Tarantino Quartet
4:33 $0.99
5. Jeanine
Frank Tarantino Quartet
4:37 $0.99
6. Nature Boy
Frank Tarantino Quartet
4:03 $0.99
7. Nostalgia in Time Square
Frank Tarantino Quartet
2:54 $0.99
8. Sunny
Frank Tarantino Quartet
6:02 $0.99
9. Nearness of You
Frank Tarantino Quartet
6:40 $0.99
10. Old Devil Moon
Frank Tarantino Quartet
4:30 $0.99
11. Sister Sadie
Frank Tarantino Quartet
4:26 $0.99
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Album Notes
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

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:

Mike Murphy (drums). I have known Mike as musician
and friend for more than 25 years. He has taught me
that rhythm and time hold the ensemble together. We
support the group and we support each other.

Theo Meriwether (piano). We met on a gig 10 years ago
when I was filling in for another bass player and
since then I've tried to have Theo on as many gigs as
I could. He listens and guides in and out of changes;
he creates a sense of togetherness, security and

Gary Williams (guitar). He is my teacher, mentor,
friend, big brother. Sometimes I would have given up
on this thing if it wasn't for his encouragements.

I have been inspired and reflective while putting this
CD together. I hope it is as enjoyable to listen to
as it was to record. So sit back, relax, and listen
to musicians making music they love in the company of
each other.

I dedicate this effort to David Sebastian Tarantino.

Feel free to contact me at any time 262-238-0791

God Bless you all!!!

frankie t



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Matt Williams

This cd is a spontaneous combustion of great musicians doing what they love to do.Keeping it real with mostly 1st take tracks,and switching up the songs and styles you can't go wrong with this one.

Bob N

Great selection of songs. Really nice to hear musicians who are not only talented, but also have a passion for their music.

chicago gal

A Touch of Class!
Smooth sounds to listen to with a great glass of wine! It keeps getting better!

Frank Valdes

This CD is like a breath of fresh air, the selections on this CD is soooo refreshing

Terrie Zanotti

Lively, punctuated sound with smooooth vocals!
Lively, punctuated sound with smooooth vocals! Love the way it all comes together in this CD. Refreshing versions of some great songs! Great addition to any jazz lover's collection.

Kim W

Excellent music to listen to. I love the smooth transition of the vocals
I love to listen to Jazz when I want to relax. The smooth vocals and music calms the soul. Some tracks transition to a spicer beat that makes it fun to listen to.

Red Haired Girl

A joy to listen to!
An inventive blend of standards and originals, vocals and instrumentals, upbeat and tender moods. Frank combines the talents of singer and bassist and creates a fresh approach to the music. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!


The CD is excellant. The music (and vocals) hit every emotion. You find yourself just wanting to hear more.