24 April, 2018

Ron McClure - New Moon (2009)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:06:27 | Size: 158.17 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Half A Nice Day
2. Kalman's Dance
3. Hostile Terrain
4. Better Late Than Never
5. It's Always Now
6. New Moon
7. Lotus
8. Let's Went
9. Ulala
Personnel: Ron McClure (bass); Rich Perry (tenor saxophone); George Colligan (piano); Billy Drummond (drums).
Ron McClure has been a valuable sideman since shortly after his arrival in New York City in 1964, while he has found regular opportunities to record as a leader since he started working with Steeplechase in the late '80s. This 2007 session expands his earlier trio with veteran tenor saxophonist Rich Perry and up-and-coming pianist George Colligan (both of whom also record as leaders for the label) by adding the in-demand drummer Billy Drummond. Although McClure chose nine originals for the recording date, it is not about his ego, as they are stimulating charts that allow everyone sufficient space to play, though each of them prefers to pass the baton rather than attempt the all-too-common marathon solos that run out of steam too early. The happy, easygoing swinger "Half a Nice Day" contrasts with the tense post-bop "Kalman's Dance."

The breezy midtempo "Better Late Than Never" conveys the essence of the constant rush in a metropolis, while McClure's lush ballad "New Moon" features his understated bass accompanied by Colligan's sparse piano and Drummond's whispering brushes. This is another excellent date by Ron McClure. ~ Ken Dryden

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