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All About Ronnie


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Audio CD, July 24, 1994
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1. Pennie Packer
2. Prez Sez
3. I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You
4. Little Quail
5. Citrus Season
6. Sweet and Lovely
7. Feather Bed

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 24, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Savoy Jazz
  • ASIN: B000001CRU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,087,928 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. Dorward on November 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is one of my favourite Tristano-school records; it's been deleted for a while but you can still often find it remaindered. It remains obscure because it doesn't feature Tristano, Marsh or Konitz, the most famous members of the circle. What it DOES feature is (1) the excellent Ronnie Ball on piano, who has a chipper take on Tristano's piano style which I always find enjoyable (very different from the dourer Sal Mosca, the "other" Tristano-style pianist to emerge at this time). I'm mystified why Ball vanished after this--is he still around? Where is he? (like Peter Ind he was British). (2) on tenor, Ted Brown, one of the best of the Prez-influenced tenors of the 1950s but again an eclipsed player. He's still recording, mostly for the Stteplechase label. _All About Ronnie_ though is one of the few early recordings to really feature him strongly. (3) Willie Dennis on trombone--this is the most exciting thing about the album for me, & if you've never heard Dennis before prepare to be amazed at his work here. Sharp-eared listeners will have noticed him on some of Mingus's albums like _Mingus Ah Um_, but he never got more than a bar or two of solo space on those discs; here is basically the only spot you can hear Dennis solo at length, & it's enough to knock out any trombonist who hears it. Dennis's virtuosic long-lined tale-spinning style an intriguing alternative to the choppier JJ Johnson approach that was standard in the period, & I very much regret Dennis's unlucky fate (he died young, I believe in a car accident). (4) the rhythm section is the "house" rhythm section for Savoy of the period, Wendell Marshall and Kenny Clarke. Some lovely playing by Clarke in particular.

This album needs a proper reissue in one regard: the liner notes are a mess.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bomojaz on March 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is a very good mainstream-modern mid'50s date. Tenor saxophonis Ted Brown is particularly good--his sound is very warm and mellow. Tune selection is outstanding, especially the originals ("Citrus season" and "Little quail"). BEWARE: the order of the titles on the CD are all messed up and out of sequence to the way they are listed on the tray card.
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