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Ron Aprea's Tribute to John Lennon

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We recently caught up with saxophonist, composer/arranger and educator/clinician, Ron Aprea and spoke with him about recent activities and his current recording project--his personal John Lennon/Beatles tribute. All About Jazz: The last half of 2013 and the time so far in 2014 have been quite positive for you. Let me ask you first about Remembering Blakey. It received excellent reviews and media attention. Ron Aprea: We got off to a great start with that project. The reviews were all good and it was also up for Grammy nominations in three categories--Best Jazz Album, Best ...

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Ron Aprea: Passion Supreme

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Ron Aprea is a saxophonist's saxophonist. After all, none less than the late, great Frank Foster called him friend, confidant, section mate and leader. And Foster wasn't alone in this regard. Aprea has been a mainstay and graced the sax section in the bands of Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman and many others. A multi-faceted musician with impeccable alto playing, superb composing and arranging chops, Aprea has produced dozens of successful recordings, including for star vocalist, Angela DeNiro (Mrs. Ron Aprea). His second CD as leader, Remembering Blakey (CD Baby, 2013) has received rave reviews, significant airplay, and has been submitted ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ron Aprea: Remembering Blakey

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Legendary drummer Art Blakey, he of the eponymous Jazz Messengers, is regularly attributed with saying: “Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life." Well, if that's the case, this superb recording from saxophonist Ron Aprea and his cleaning crew certainly left the studio spotless, and themselves, to be somewhat crude but oh-so accurate, assless.This is a very fine recording--a cooker--in the hippest and hottest of Hard Bop traditions. With a dozen selections from speedballs ("Flown the Coup") to jazz standards ("My Foolish Heart") to slick Aprea ("For Pete's Sake)" and Paul Brusger originals ("Andrea's Delight"), the recording channels ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ron Aprea Sextet: Remembering Blakey

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Legendary New York alto saxophonist Ron Aprea is recognized as much for his skills as an arranger, composer, record producer and band leader as he is known for his superb musicianship. On Remembering Blakey, Aprea brings to the fore all of his talents in churning out a monster album that pays homage to the leader of the famed Jazz Messengers. Unlike most tribute recordings, however, it is not a reprise of the drummer's music; none of the pieces can be directly attributed to Art Blakey. Instead, Aprea designs a repertoire of five standards, a couple of originals, and five compositions ...



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