Jazz Saxophonist Frank Fontaine releases his first Album, Wisdom Rising (LifeForce Jazz Records) to the acclaim of becoming an iTunes “Rising Stars of Jazz”. The East Los Angeles-born reed man assembles a superior cast of playmates �” John Beasley, Robert Hurst, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, for this live studio recording captured direct to track, with no overdubs. Together they make music informed by the rhythms of Fontaine's Hispanic culture, while also going beyond into adventurous (odd-metered) modern jazz. In the process, Frank evinces a versatility rare among young players; his compositions and interactions with different combinations of group members underscore his collaborative instincts. Since his return to New York, Fontaine has increasingly become one most exciting and increasingly active woodwind artist on the scene in New York and beyond. He is currently a favorite among elite jazz instrumentalists such as Francisco Mela, Ari Hoenig, George Garzone and several of New York’s top Latin Bands such as Larry Harlow and Chembo Corniel. The collaboration with Chembo has most recently produced a Grammy Award Nomination for the album “Things I Wanted To Do”. Frank can frequently be seen with his Organ Trio or Quartet in some of New York's favorite Jazz Venues.
“Wisdom Rising” is the title of Frank Fontaine’s debut recording as a leader, Wisdom is thee most appropriate attribute that we can anoint this young man with. Frank is the Saxophonist of choice for an incredible array of artists - from the masters of the music to the hottest young players of today - and is equally in demand as a Flutist and arranger. Born in East Los Angeles California into a musical family, Frank absorbed a great deal from his father Frank Sr., who is a 10 veteran of the Duke Ellington Orchestra and is closely affiliated with many jazz greats such as Harry “Sweets” Edison, Frank Morgan, Freddie Hubbard and Mercer Ellington. By age 16, he was performing with Harry Sweets Edison, Billy Higgins and Kenny Burrell.