Bassist Ron McClure has a practical philosophy about what he does. Making music begins with doing your job," he says. It's nice if you can be a hot soloist, but do your job first and do it well." These are words that the bassist has lived by for over 40 years in the jazz music business. McClure has done everything from playing with saxophonists such as Charles Lloyd to being part of pop recordings by the Pointer Sisters and Blood, Sweat and Tears. In between he has played on countless jazz recordings, including 33 sessions and counting for SteepleChase, both ...read more
Harold Danko / Ron McClure Wonderland Steeplechase 2008 Kalman Olah Trio Always Memphis International 2007 Mike Nock Underground Between Or Beyond MPS Japan 1970-2008
Although not particularly well known, bassist Ron McClure has been one of those utility musicians that everyone seems to have played with at one time or another in the past 40 years. He first came to the attention of ...read more
Marian McPartland can be described on one word: gracious. Listeners have been treated to weekly installments of Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, on US National Public Radio, for the past twenty-nine years, experiencing firsthand her graciousness in her light but stubborn Berkshire accent, her unmatched interview style, and, above all, her gin-crystalline pianism. That would be impressive enough if one were not to consider the fact that McPartland is the living corporate memory of jazz.
Marian McPartland celebrates her ninetieth birthday on March 20, 2008. She has been performing since age fifteen, professionally since age twenty-five. In 1944, she ...read more
In 2005 Quest did Led Zeppelin one better, reuniting all four original members to play gigs in the US and Europe. Active in the 1980s and into the early 1990s, this super-group was just one project that over the decades involved saxophonist Dave Liebman and pianist Richie Beirach. Interest in the band was renewed by a set of archival material released by Mosaic in 2004. Now comes Redemption. Recorded live in Switzerland and France, the album finds Quest playing with undiminished ardor, revisiting older material but also venturing into new areas. Monk's 'Round Midnight" is the opener ...read more
The passage of time has no meaning when it comes to the kind of intimate musical understanding that saxophonist David Liebman and pianist Richie Beirach have shared since first working together in the early '70s. They have collaborated on numerous group projects as well as a series of duet recordings that are in dire need of reissue. Perhaps their longest and most enduring group was Quest, a quartet that released half a dozen albums between 1981 and 1990.
Redemption - Quest Live in Europe documents a 2005 reunion, and in many respects it feels as if no time has passed. ...read more
Submitted on behalf of Ron McClure Remembering one's self, or having an internal awareness file, with constant access capability, is a wonderful and necessary thing in the process of making music, since we all forget ourselves. The term making music means different things to different people. In 1964, bassist Chuck Israels told me: Whatever you do in your career, don't become competitive." I think I know what my wise friend meant, and have tried to put it into practice throughout my career in a very competitive environment. The music business scares the ...read more
It would be hard to argue with bassist and leader Ron McClure when he assesses the musicians assembled here as being a “dream team”. Drummer Billy Hart alone guarantees the success of just about any record date he is a part of, while pianist Marc Copland has recently been turning heads with his own acclaimed series of Savoy dates. The ringer here is likely to be tenor saxophonist Rich Perry, at long last getting his due thanks to a viable gig with bandleader Maria Schneider and his own superlative SteepleChase discs.
What we have here are eight modern originals penned ...read more