Song For Leslie

Ronnie Mathews

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Format: CD

Cat No: RR1231622

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Release Date:  19 January 2024

Label:  Red Records

Packaging Type:  Jewel Case

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  027312316223

Genres:  Jazz  

  • Description

    This highly regarded Ronnie Mathews trio session from 1980 with bassist Ray Drummond and drummer Kenny Washington is a must for fans of piano jazz trios. Featured here are well known standards by Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington. Sammy Cahn, and Antonio Carlos Jobim, plus Ronnie Mathews' own 'Song For Leslie' and Ray Drummond's 'Susanita'.

    One of the most prestigious pianists of the past 40 years and yet one of those essential contributors to the puzzle of jazz history who has not received due recognition. His years of touring and his many albums, both as leader and sideman, are overwhelming in number. Critics have showered accolades upon his name and affectionately compare him to fellow pianists Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell, with a sprinkle of McCoy Tyner.

    "His inventiveness as a soloist and as a composer is combined with the solidity and safety of the harmonic speech, the suppleness and dynamism of the rhythmic support, without variations in mood and form. It's not for nothing that he was the trusted man of artists like Max Roach, Art Blakey, Clark Terry, etc." PINO CANDINI, MUSICA JAZZ

    "Who is Ronnie Mathews descended from? I quote Red Garland, Oscar Peterson, Tommy Flanagan, maybe even Bill Evans. This is only for what concerns the physiognomy: the 'sacred fire' is all his."GIUSEPPE PIACENTINO, MUSICA JAZZ

    Ronnie Mathews, piano
    Ray Drummond, bass
    Kenny Washington, drums
    Recorded by Franco Zorzi at Music Center, Bologna, Italy, March 1, 1980
    Producer, Alberto Alberti

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Song For Leslie
      • 2. Ask Me Now
      • 3. It Don't Mean A Thing
      • 4. Susanita
      • 5. I Should Care
      • 6. Once I Loved