2 LPs on 1 CD
The name of Al Caiola has been part of that very select fraternity of studio musicians who were heard on most of New York s top rated television and recording assignments from the 40s up to the 70s. There s a distinctive style and approach in his playing which made for a sound. On these recordings, Caiola joined forces with Don Arnone, another top-class, revered and busy studio jazz and pop guitarist. Both men get the chance to swing on these albums featuring two dozen well-known standards and originals, which showcase how well their unique styles blend. On the first, Great Pickin , the sparkling ensemble works with bass and drums, while on some tracks the band includes Eddie Costa on piano, Phil Kraus on vibes, reedman Phil Bodner and Art Van Damme s swinging accordion. On Soft Guitars, Mr. Guitar Al Caiola and Mr. Y Don Arnone are backed by Frank Carroll on bass and Gloria Agostini on harp. These recordings capture the full, complete warmth of each instrument, bringing out all the highlights, all the nuances, all the subtle interplay that give their playing its special distinction.