Frank Stagnitta Piano
Sal Nistico Tenor Sax
Danny Hayes Trumpet
Bob Bodley Bass
John Betsch Drums
When Frank was growing up in Syracuse NY in the sixties, he used to sneak into a music club called “The Clef” to see the great sax player, Sal Nistico perform. As an adult, Frank moved to New York City in 1979 where he met back up with Sal and began performing with him and freelance trumpeter Danny Hayes. Frank found a talented bassist named Bob Bodley at a jam session for the “Jazz Mania Society” and to complete the group, Frank invited a drummer named John Betsch that he knew from his work in a piano trio in Connecticut.
Frank composed all the material for this record when he was living in Schenectady NY in 1977. \"Desperado\" and \"Street Walk\" were composed while working with legendary baritone saxophone player Nick Brignola. \"Shani,\" written for his daughter, is an improvisation in the key of D. Frank chose D because, according to Alexander Scriabin’s “Tonal Spectrum” D represents the color yellow, symbolizing the sun. \"Remembrance\" is a meditation on lost love.
Remembrance was originally recorded in June, 1979 in New York City by Jimmy Madison and intended as a “demo” to be used to book jobs in New York. Frank kept the reel to reel four track tapes for six years and didn’t begin mixing until he moved to Arkansas in 1983. There, with the help of Bob Moore, he finally produced the recording on cassette tape.
Remembrance was re-mastered digitally in May of 2008 by Matthew Vacanti at Spider Records in Syracuse NY.
All compositions c 1980 by Frank Stagnitta except “Just One of Those Things” by Cole Porter. ASCAP