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Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo


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I have to tell everyone about the wonderful guitar duo of Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo, 2 exceptionally fine players who I saw last night at the West End Centre in Aldershot, Hants U.K.


Vignola is in his late 40s and looks a bit like Robbie Robertson meets Hank Marvin. He plays incredible guitar - was in Les Paul's quartet for some years I believe, and is a very entertaining showman. He played a Thorell guitar, beautiful looking and sounding. Enormous chops and the other guy - Raniolo, younger, plays a Collings and does most of the rhythm parts, he doesn't even look at it, jaw dropping - is almost better. Both used tiny AER cube-shaped amps which sounded great. As well as being stunning virtuoso guitar playing it was also pure fun entertainment. Very, very cool indeed. I haven't seen anything that good since the days of great American jazz guitarists who toured the U.K. in the 70s and 80s and I can't recommend these 2 highly enough.



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