FRANK PIOMBO: Keep It Movin’ (Sound Exchange)

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Italian-born, New Jersey-based Frank Piombo is a smooth jazz guitarist who debuted in 2010 with ‘Smooth Reminiscence’. The album won Frank a plethora of local awards. So, encouraged, here he follows up with the 8 tracker that is ‘Keep It Movin”. The set is named for the opening cut – a sprightly soul strut that is full of optimism with hints of the Blackbyrds’ ‘Walking In Rhythm’ about it. Mr P knows it’s one of his best tunes ‘cos he reprises it at the end adding a vocal from Joe Armino. Without knowing why, I think I prefer the original instrumental.

Enjoy similar grooves on ‘Al Dente’ and ‘Rush Hour Funk’. If you prefer a Latin vibe ‘Middle Of The Night’ would be you go-to track, while the quiet storm flavour comes via ‘Sunset Beach’. On ‘Easin’ Up’, Frank shows he can do more cerebral jazz though on ‘Sogno D’Amore’ (the only non- original tune on the LP) our man shows off his Italian heritage with a romantic reverie that could have come from an obscure 60s Italian movie. On this cut Joe Armino is featured on sax – other sidemen include Michael Mahadeen on flute, Sam Hankins on trumpet and sax man Tony Exum.

Frank Piombo’s ‘Keep It Movin” is out now and you can learn more @

BB (3/5)