"This is the album I've been waiting my entire life to make," says Peter Frampton
of his remarkable new CD, Fingerprints
. It's an impressive 14-tune collection of guitar mastery that crosses several musical borders, from funked-up R&B to razor-edged rockers to rootsy blues to country-flamed beauties to jazzy Django swing to reflective impressionism. And, on the disc, in what may come as a surprise to longtime fans, Frampton begs off singing to focus exclusively on the six-string.
"I've never done a complete collection of instrumentals," the Britain-born, Cincinnati-based Frampton says. "This is something I've been needing to do for myself for a long time. I wanted to play with people from all over the world, and I wanted to make the selections as diverse as possible. I didn't want to make a smooth jazz album where the rhythm section plays the same on every tune."Fingerprints
features Frampton having exhilarating musical conversations with a who's who of the pop world, including Rolling Stones Charlie Watts
and Bill Wyman
, Pearl Jam
's Mike McCready
and Matt Cameron
, original Shadows
Hank Marvin and Brian Bennett, Allman Brothers
slide slinger Warren Haynes
, Nashville pedal steel virtuoso Paul Franklin
and gypsy guitar maestro John Jorgenson
. In addition, Frampton band mate, Gordon Kennedy, who co-wrote many of the originals as well as co-produces the album, is prominently featured as a guitar companion.
Frampton achieved a rarefied tier of success with his multi-platinum 1976 album, Frampton Comes Alive!, arguably the most successful live recording of all time. It has sold more than 16 million copies to date, and it remains an essential. In 2001, Universal released the 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Frampton Comes Alive!
to much acclaim.
Frampton has long been since been a mainstay on the rock scene. He played in such late '60s-early '70s bands as Herd and Humble Pie
, as well as appeared on George Harrison
's classic All Things Must Pass
album. Frampton's debut solo album, Wind of Change
(A&M), was released in 1972. Prior to releasing Frampton Comes Alive!, the prolific songwriter had recorded a handful of well-received solo albums, with the gold-selling Frampton reaching #32 on the U.S. charts in 1975. This is the studio recording that yielded the classics, such as "Show Me The Way" and "Do You Feel Like We Do," that would help drive the enormous success of Frampton's live opus.
In 2000, Frampton earned a "Best Rock Instrumental Performance" Grammy nomination for Live in Detroit
. His last album, 2003's Now
(Framptone/33rd Street Records), prompted the Associated Press to declare: "When it comes to fiery, guitar-drenched rock, Frampton delivers."
Catch Peter Frampton out on tour now:
6 The Bob & Tom Show Indianapolis, IN
9 private Schottenstein Center Columbus, OH
11 Radio New York, NY
12 Fingerprints release
12&13 B.B. King Blues Club New York, N.Y.
14 Emeril's tv show taping "
15 House of Blues Atlantic City, NJ
16 Keswick Theatre Glenside, PA
18 The Birchmere Alexandria, VA
19 Palace Theatre Stamford, CT
21 Pepsi Cola Roadhouse Burgettstown, PA
22 DTE Energy Music Theatre Clarkston, MI
23 House of Blues Chicago, IL
27 The Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA
28 Bob Hope Theatre Stockton, CA
29 Harrah's Casino Stateline, NV
30 The Wiltern Theater Los Angeles, CA
9 Grand Opera House Wilmington, DE
10 Count Basie Theatre Red Bank, NJ
11 N. Shore Music Theater Beverly, MA
13 Naval Amphibious Base Norfolk, VA
14 Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD
15 Bergen Performing Arts Ctr. Englewood, NJ
18 Florida Theatre Jacksonville, FL
19 House of Blues Orlando, FL
20 (private show) Reunion Resort Orlando, FL
21 Sinatra Theatre @ Sunrise, FL Bank Atlantic Center
24 Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, FL
27 Verizon Wireless Theater Houston, TX
2 Canyon Theater Agoura Hills, CA
3 McCallum Theatre for the Palm Desert, CA Performing Arts w/Symphony
4 Center for Performing Arts Cerritos, CA
5 Fox Theatre Visalia, CA
Sample a couple of tunes from the new disc:
Black Hole SunWindows Media
| Real Audio
Ida Y VueltaWindows Media
| Real Audio
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