Tony Fruscella released only one record as a leader during his lifetime, the present 1955 LP on Atlantic Records. Several reissues of live material and studio outtakes followed his death. His career became diluted into oblivion upon recording that album, and he died of cirrhosis of the liver on August 14, 1969 at the age of 42. As a musician, Tony Fruscella followed an intermediate path between Bop (Dizzy Gillespie) and Cool (Miles Davis), a style later made popular by Chet Baker. His dense, muted, velvety sound expressed a sense of poetry full of “literary” references, in the low and medium registers, of a rich variety of tonalities that made his solos sensual, deep and somewhat melancholy. That sound is vividly portrayed in the present LP.
TONY FRUSCELLA, trumpet ALLEN EAGER, tenor sax BILL TRIGLIA, piano BILL ANTHONY, bass JUNIOR BRADLEY, drums
On A2 & B1 only add: CHAUNCEY WELSCH, trombone DANNY BANK, baritone sax
New York, March 29 (A2 & B1) and April 1 (A1, A3-A4 & B2-B5), 1955.
*BONUS TRACK: Tony Fruscella (tp), Chick Maures (as), Bill Triglia (p), Red Mitchell (b), Dave Troy (d). New York, December 10, 1948.
SIDE A: 01 I’LL BE SEEING YOU 02 MUY 03 METROPOLITAN BLUES 04 RAINTREE COUNTY 05 OUT OF NOWHERE *
SIDE B: 01 SALT 02 HIS MASTER’S VOICE 03 OLD HAT 04 BLUE SERENADE 05 LET’S PLAY THE BLUES