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by Jack Bowers
To those who follow big bands, especially on the West Coast, trumpeter Ron Stout is well-known as a stellar sideman in ensembles led by Bill Holman, Bob Florence, Buddy Childers, Jack Sheldon, Frank Capp and many others. After years of paying dues, Stout has finally recorded an album as leader of his own quintet, and it's a tasteful showcase for his singular but largely unsung prowess.
Chet, of course, is the renowned Chet Baker, and Stout's other heroes include Miles ...read more