Frank LoCrasto

When You're There

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Frank LoCrasto is a fine pianist but the music on his CD When You're There is, unfortunately, quite forgettable. The themes range from poppish to new age-style vamps, the arrangements (particularly those with a string section) are sleepy, and nothing all that memorable occurs. Chris Cheek's occasional sax solos are fine (he recalls Stan Getz a bit tone-wise on "Going Home"), and LoCrasto has excellent technique on piano, but the material is just not up to the level of their playing. There are instances where the ensembles are a little reminiscent of Herbie Hancock's '60s work, but those moments are fleeting and overshadowed by periods of meandering melancholy . With better material, this would have been a much more rewarding effort.

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