One of the most colorful and talented individuals in the music industry was the inimitable Frankie Dante. His bohemian behavior endeared him to the countless fans that followed his Orchestra Flamboyan whenever they performed. Sadly, Frankie, born in Santo Domingo in 1945, succumbed to cancer on March 1 of 1993. He is still appreciated by underground salsa fans everywhere and will be for many years to come. Fortunately, his exquisite music technique can still be enjoyed in the best dance halls and clubs throughout Latin America.
Frankie began his career in 1968, when he was signed to a recording contract by the Cotique Records producers George Goldner and Stan Lewis. He was immediately accepted throughout the New York nightclub circuit and has played opposite the best of the Latin New York bands all through his illustrious career. Frankie’s approach to his music can be appreciated when listening to any of his compositions; songs that tell a story or deliver an important message to his many followers. This album, “Different Directions” was recorded when Frankie was still honing his skills and features members of his original band. It contains no less than six of Frankie’s original compositions.
Although Frankie possessed a unique approach to his singing style, considering the nasal characteristic of his voice and his ability to create interesting and compelling improvisations, he claimed to be strongly affected by the manner in which Salsero Ismael Quintana excites his listeners. Frankie was also a big fan of Fania artist Johnny Pacheco, and was heavily influenced by Eddie Palmieri’s trombone inspired arrangements. Fania legend, Larry Harlow, and recording artist, Markolino Dimond, two of the finest salsa pianists to have ever recorded, were co-artists with Frankie in many of his recordings for Cotique.
|2007||Christian Salsa||Composer, Primary Artist|
|2007||NYC Salsa: The Incendiary Sound of Latin New York||Primary Artist|
|2007||New York City Salsa||Primary Artist|
|2005||15 Clasicas de Salsa de Inspiracion||Composer, Primary Artist|
|2005||Beginner’s Guide to Latin Music||Composer, Primary Artist|
|2005||Playtime Latin Soul Boogaloo||Primary Artist|
|2001||Salsa Selecta: A Taste of Nuyorican Latin Flavours||Performer, Primary Artist|
|2001||The NuYorican Funk Experience: Salsa Caliente de Nu York!||Performer, Primary Artist|
|2000||Los Coquetones||Orquesta Flamboyan||Composer|
|1993||Perfect Combinations||Perfect Combinations||Performer, Primary Artist|
|1993||Tesoros de la Musica Afrolatina, Vol. 2||Todos Estrellas||Performer, Primary Artist|
|1979||Frankie Dante y los Rebeldes||Frankie Dante||Primary Artist|
|1978||Best Foot Forward||Frankie Dante||Primary Artist|
|1977||The Flamboyan All Star Band||Frankie Dante||Composer, Primary Artist|
|1976||Los Salseros de Acero||Frankie Dante||Primary Artist|
|1972||Orquesta Flamboyan con Larry Harlow||Frankie Dante||Primary Artist|
|1969||Different Directions||Orquesta Flamboyan||Primary Artist, Vocals|
|Beethoven’s V||Frankie Dante||Primary Artist|
|The Rough Guide to Latin Psychedelia||Primary Artist|