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“November 14, 2012-Near-fatal accident spurs second CD for duo Black Hat Musician Frankie the K — a.k.a. Frank Koscielski ... — was in a serious motorcycle accident in March 2012.The experience prompted Koscielski and his Black Hat collaborator, singer-songwriter Caroline Maun,... to record their band’s second CD immediately instead of putting it off. The end result is the blues- and jazz-inflected pop/rock of “Hooray for Love,” which will be celebrated during a record release party at 9:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Cadieux Café. Koscielski’s vocals — which sound like a cross between Leonard Cohen and Mick Jagger — contrast nicely with Maun’s gentler tones, and they’re placed atop impeccable musicianship ... of bassist Jef Reynolds, drummer Bill Hulet, trumpeter James O’Donnell, guitarist Pat Shanley, harmonica player Dale Robertson and saxophonist, flutist and percussionist Ralph Koziarski. Composer/bandleader Scott Gwinnell, ... did the string arrangements.”
“Known for his multi-instrumentals, voice, and productions, Jef has accompanied a variety of artists...Lesley Gore, Lou Christie, Archie Bell, The Tokens, Alex Chilton, Wolfman Jack and his Midnight Special Revival Road Show. He is currently a part of the Neo-Depression Jazz music revival in Detroit.”
“Wendell Harrison' is singing sweetly (reminiscent of Doc Cheatham) flaunting his clarinet prowess (justifying critics who class him with greats Buddy DeFranco to Don Byron) while revisiting the vibe of 1930s -'40s. Guitarist Niko Pittman , bassist Jef Reynolds more than ably round out the sound”