Al Viola Mello' as a Cello
- Released: March 7, 1995
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Star Line
- 1.My Funny Valentine
- 2.Night and Day
- 3.Only the Lonely
- 4.You and the Night and the Music
- 5.Like Someone in Love
- 6.Strangers in the Night
- 7.Foggy Day
- 8.I'm Getting Sentimental over You
- 9.Stella by Starlight
- 10.Fly Me to the Moon
- 11.I've Got You Under My Skin
- 13.All the Things You Are
- 14.Ol' Man River
- 15.I've Grown Accustomed to Your Face
Personnel: Al Viola (guitar); Frank Severino (drums).
Liner Note Author: Scott Yanow.
Recording information: 08/12/1979-05/01/1980.
Photographers: Wayne Knight; Al Viola.
This single CD combines together highlights from a pair of guitarist Al Viola's more obscure recordings. In 1979 he recorded a tribute to his long-time boss Frank Sinatra by performing trios and unaccompanied solos on electric guitar of tunes associated with Sinatra including "Night and Day," "Fly Me to the Moon," "Nancy" and even "Old Man River" and "Strangers in the Night." Viola in most cases performs the music a different way than the singer, sometimes playing romps as ballads and vice versa. In addition there are four beautiful acoustic guitar solos by Viola from 1980 of which "My Funny Valentine" and "All the Things You Are" are highlights. This CD gives one a definitive look at the underrated Al Viola. ~ Scott Yanow
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