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Ron Aprea: Ron Aprea Pays Tribute to John Lennon and the Beatles

Read "Ron Aprea Pays Tribute to John Lennon and the Beatles" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


The John Lennon-Paul McCartney canon has been recorded by everyone with the possible exception of “Honey Boo Boo" and “Mini Me." Some of those efforts are feckless attempts at moving the popular-genre so far away from its source it is laughable. Saxophone artist, Ron Aprea had the unique opportunity (along with trumpeter Steve Madaio, he of Stevie Wonder and the L.A. studios) to record with John Lennon on his post-Beatles award-winning album, Walls and Bridges (1974, EMI). ...

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Ron Aprea: Remembering Blakey

Read "Remembering Blakey" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


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 ...

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Ron Aprea Sextet: Remembering Blakey

Read "Remembering Blakey" reviewed by Edward Blanco


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 ...


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