Guitarmaster Frank Vignola and his quintet were not only an aural joy to witness at The Egg last Saturday night, they were a musical marvel to behold. Even though the band’s repertoire was from the 1920’s to the 1940’s, the songs sounded refreshingly up-to-date and contemporary.
Vignola, a veteran of the Les Paul band, is considered one of the world’s leading electro-acoustic interpreters of legendary guitar pioneer Django Reinhardt’s music. That night he proved it in spades with heartfelt interpretations of the Gypsy guitarist’s “Tears,” “Mystery Pacific,” and “Nuages” (Clouds) among other timeless titles.
Patterned on Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grappelli’s The Hot Club Of Paris, Vignola’s Quintet included the fantastic Zach Brock in the violin chair, the accomplished accordionist Julien Labro, super acoustic bassist Gary Mazzaroppi and rhythm guitarist Vinny Raniolo.
The night’s music was bouncy, light and airy with Vignola and crew delivering a marvelous, energetic two sets. If you closed your eyes during the performance, you could easily imaging being in Paris, in a club on the Left Bank, sipping some bubbly and enjoying the exquisite music. That’s the good life!
Photos and review by Andrzej Pilarczyk.