January 14, 2014

"It Might As Well Be Spring"

Some pretty awesome guitar-playing by Vinnie Raniolo and Frank Vignola:

Update: Steyn saw them live with Bucky Pizzarelli.


  1. Where did you find these guys?! I'm in heaven. Listened to Bucky Pizzarelli growing up, now listen to his son John, too, but never heard of these two - thanks so much - Mary

    Found this of Frank playing with Bucky: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQ2wSpcnpVc
    Bucky is past his prime but still a lovely player. Note the 7th string he added to his guitar years ago and how he uses it to add a nice bass line, his signature in a way (forgive if you already know all this)

  2. Found them here: http://youtu.be/iR0s7Si4KrI
    LOVE Hot Club of Cowtown and was looking for their cover of After You've Gone. Had never heard of Django Reinhardt until recently. There's so much new/old music out there, isn't there?
    Will check out your video. Thanks!

  3. http://www.punditandpundette.com/2013/04/music-break-rendezvous-in-rhythm.html

  4. Vignola Plays Gershwin

  5. Hot Club of Cowtown are right up my alley - love that stuff- you are such a great resource! I used to listen to Le Quintette du Hot Club de France - Django with Stephane Grappelli on violin. Wonderful music. Django was a gypsy who lost the use of 2 fingers when his caravan burnt down, hence his distinctive style (maybe you already knew that). Thanks so much for the reminder, and for bringing the new stuff to my attention.

    BTW, just to bring it full circle, I noticed that Frank also did a CD with mandolin player David Grisman, The David Grisman Quintet is a classic album from the 70s, he was the first guy to blend jazz and bluegrass in a really interesting way. He recorded a live album with Stephan Grappelli (who outlived Django by many years) and he recorded the Hot Club de France classic Minor Swing - and, well, so did Frank V. ! Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKiiGlXpMHs

    Thanks, Jill!


    1. Thanks! Husband loves mandolin, will have to tell him about this.
      Back atcha: http://youtu.be/kTMLfigsyPk

  6. Then show him these:



  7. Great, thanks! That September Song is a lovely tune.


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