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Music and conversation with the legendary Frank Mantooth and Beegie Adair

This week on Improvised Thoughts with Beegie Adair we'll spend the hour with the great composer/arranger/pianist and bandleader Frank Mantooth in a program from early 1996.  At that time Mantooth had a new big band album "Sophisticated Lady" - a 70+ minute, ten track collection (seven are composed and/or arranged by Mantooth) on SeaBreeze Jazz.  Mantooth assembled a band of great soloists & section players from all across the country for this recording.  The list of talent included: Pete Christlieb, Nick Brignola, Bobby Shew, Paul McKee, Marvin Stamm, Pat LaBarbera, Tom Matta & singer Kevin Mahogany ... a terrific band with equally fine, sophisticated, often hard-swinging arrangements.  
"Sophisticated Lady" was Frank Mantooth's 4th album as a leader.  He only recorded 5 CDs, but earned 11 Grammy nominations for them before his untimely death in 2004.  It's a pleasure to share this hour of music and conversation with you as we feature the legendary Frank Mantooth on the next Improvised Thoughts with Beegie Adair. 

Tune in to WMOT 89.5FM or streaming live at www.wmot.org for the show.