Frank Isola

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Fans of modern jazz artists such as Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, and the ironic Mose Allison may frankly have isolated Frank Isola from the totality of credited accompaniment in their record collections.…
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Fans of modern jazz artists such as Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, and the ironic Mose Allison may frankly have isolated Frank Isola from the totality of credited accompaniment in their record collections. The Detroit native was one of a legion of impressionable young people who decided to become drummers after being exposed to the mighty Gene Krupa. The dream was short-lived, however: in 1957, this artist retired after only about 15 years in the music business. Isola was active in high-school band, then a military outfit between 1943 and 1945. He began gigging professionally after undertaking further studies in California, eventually returning to New York City and bandstands under the rule of Johnny Bothwell and Stan Getz, among others. By 1953 Isola had begun his rewarding collaboration with baritone saxophonist Mulligan, which he focused fairly steadily on for several years prior to a final freelancing period of about equal duration.