Derek s album comes to fruition after years of his being a bass player for hire on the Los Angeles music scene... spending time on the road and in the studio with all kinds of artists and bands, playing all kinds of music. At some point in every working musicians career, he decides that it s finally time to start creating and playing the music that he hears in his head, with people that he feels best interpret those particular sounds, drawing on that which has influenced his musical being since its inception. For Derek, that time is now. On this album, DF has enlisted some of LA s funkiest players, including special guests such as Hammond B-3 organ legend Brian Auger, veteran drummer Steve Ferrone, and up-and-coming hip-hop artist Kosha Dillz. Let the Games Begin... is an apt title to kick off this new phase in Derek Frank s musical life. Look for Derek in the not-too-distant future as he leads his 7-piece horn-injected old-school funk band to stages throughout the world.
I knew Derek was a well-known LA based 1st call bass player. I didn't know he was such a great songwriter and producer! The groove on this album is just smokin'! ... however, it's not without direction. The Brand New Heavies and Jamiroquai influence is unmistakable. Derek's bass playing is super funky and tasteful, but the rest of the players are just smokin' as well... particularly the drumming and horns. --iTunes
Awesome Funky Groove Disco Soul!!! This really is a great grooving album. Beautiful bass playing, creative horn arrangements, blistering guitar solos and some tight cover arrangements as well. Well Done Derek!!! --CD Baby.com