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Thursday, December 01, 2011

CD Review - Ronnie Ross Quintet.

Ronnie Ross (bar); Bert Courtley (tpt/mello); Eddie Harvey (pno/tmb); Pete Blannin (bs); Andy White (dms).
Another delightful re-issue from the Ember jazz originals vault and a timely reminder of how, back then, we sold our UK musicians short. We'd go to a gig by the band - love it - but the next day we'd spend our cash on an American LP.
How wrong we were! This disc holds its head high against most of what was happening state-side on the west coast.
Ronnie Ross was the melodic link between Harry Klein and John Surman in the British baritone hierarchy and the nearest thing we had to Gerry Mulligan.
Bert Courtley, a fine trumpet player, had the feel of Chet Baker and the drive of Kenny Dorham. Together they made for a swinging front line making them one of the best bands on the local scene at that time (early '60s.) Rhythm section proves that those detractors of British rhythm sections were wrong - they say the same thing about Scottish goalkeepers...
Highly recommended and not just for nostalgic reasons - I'm playing it regularly to make up for the years when I foolishly didn't buy the original vinyl!
Released Dec. 5.
Lance.

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