Just because a record has a groove...
Either music has it, or it doesn't.
We don't know what it is, or what to call it, but we know it when we feel it. And that's it.
Norman Frank and the Ghost Dance are all about - if not ONLY about - that feeling, and they've got it in spades. They're all about what's universal, what's direct, and what speaks loud and clear in any musical language, in EVERY musical language. Some call it Soul, some call it Blues, some call it Jazz, and some just call it a groove. But it's not about what it's called anymore, or where it's from. It's about Imagination and dialogue now. Like imagining that Stevie Wonder might have something to say to George Harrison via piano. That Ravi Shankar and Ray Charles might decide to play on the front porch, and maybe invite John Coltrane. That Howlin' Wolf might write the lyrics to Van Morrison's new melody, and Fela Kuti would bring the orchestra. After all...wouldn't the great ones all agree on The Feeling? Why shouldn't we?
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Norman Frank (Norm to his friends) began a life's work of music-making as a teenage saxophonist, sitting in with the city's finest Blues and Jazz artists. He received his tutelage from the likes of Eddie Tigner, The Breeze Kings, Oliver Wood, Gary Motley, and the late Sean Costello. A natural multi-instrumentalist, Norm quickly discovered that he could play twice as often if he brought twice the sound. Gigs on guitar, clarinet, piano, and even the occasional sitar were soon to follow, along with appearances at Bonnaroo, the Bear Creek Festival, and the New Orleans Jazz Fest. After a brief residence in New York City, it was an easy transition to begin touring and recording full-time as a sideman with some of the South's most active and entertaining bands: Cadillac Jones, Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics, Blair Crimmins and the Hookers, and with members of the Zac Brown Band to name a few. But the life of a sideman was just never enough; There was just too much ground to be discovered and too much to say. In 2011, Norm decided to step into the spotlight, writing and singing his own material.