All About Ronnie (FSRCD 570)

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All About Ronnie

Fresh Sound Records


ZZZ 122999




All About Ronnie

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Featuring: Ronnie Ball (p), Lee Konitz, Art Pepper (as), Willie Dennis (tb), Warne Marsh, Ted Brown (ts), Billy Bauer (g), Wendell Marshall, Peter Ind, Oscar Pettiford, Ben Tucker (b), Kenny Clarke, Jeff Morton (d)

Includes extensive booklet with recording details, extensive notes and rare photos.

From the moment English-born pianist Ronnie Ball arrived in New York in 1952, his ambition was to learn more about music, study more, become a part of the American jazz scene, feel a sense of accomplishment and belonging. He established a healthy rapport with pianist Lennie Tristano and started to develop his style, along with lots of other young players, including tenorist Ted Brown and trombonist Willie Dennis, who figured so prominently in the weekend sessions at Lennie’s school.

Most of the sounds on this set are extensions and interpretations of Tristano’s musical philosophy. That is the aim of this compilation; to gather Ronnie’s only album as a leader, “All About Ronnie”, with all the recordings of his compositions he recorded as a sideman with the Tristano clique - rewarding, moving music, revealing all the resources of his formidable playing. This is therefore a homage to a vastly underrated pianist whose deep talent deserved, to many jazz fans, much wider recognition.


01. Pennie Packer (Ball) (5:54)
02. Prez Sez (Brown) (5:22)
03. Feather Bed (Brown) (5:00)
04. A Ghost of a Chance
(Young-Washington-Crosby) (4:08)
05. Little Quail (Brown) (7:40)
06. Sweet & Lovely (Arnheim-Tobias-Lemare)
07. Citrus Season (Ball) (5:04)
08. Ronnie’s Tune (Ball) (3:56) (*) Bonus Track
09. A Froggy Day (Ball) (3:35) (*) Bonus Track
10. Ronnie’s Line (Ball) (3:05) (*) Bonus Track
11. Ear Conditioning (Ball) (5:12) (*) Bonus Track
12. Quintessence (Ball) (4:12) (*) Bonus Track
13. Time’s Up (Ball) (3:06) (*) Bonus Track
14. Earful (Ball) (4:33) (*) Bonus Track
15. Aretha (Ball) (4:52) (*) Bonus Track
16. Arrival (Ball) (3:54) (*) Bonus Track
17. Ad Libido (Ball) (4:22) (*) Bonus Track

Total time: 79:00 min
Tracks #1-7 orifinally issued as a 12" LP:
"All About Ronnie (Savoy MG 12075).

Bonus Tracks:
#8-9 taken from
"Lee Konitz in Harvard Square" (Storyville LP-323).
#10 taken from
"Lee Konitz Meets Warne Marsh" (Atlantic LP 1217).
#11-14 taken from
Ted Brown "Free Wheeling" (Vanguard LP 8515)
. #15-16 taken from "Modern Jazz Gallery" (Kapp 2-LP set KXL 5001).
#17 taken from Warne Marsh "Music for Prancing" (Mode LP-125).

Personnel on "All About Ronnie": Willie Dennis (tb), Ted Brown (ts), Ronnie Ball (p), Wendell Marshall (b) and Kenny Clarke (d). Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder studio, Hackensack, New Jersey, on March 21, 1956.

Personnel on tracks #8-9:
Lee Konitz (as), Ronnie Ball (p), Peter Ind (b) and Jeff Morton (d). Recorded in Hardvard Square, Boston, February 1955.

Personnel on track #10:
Lee Konitz (as), Warne Marsh (ts), Ronnie Ball (p), Billy Bauer (g), Oscar Pettiford (b) and Kenny Clarke (d). Recorded in New York, on June 15, 1955.

Personnel on tracks #11-14:
Warne Marsh, Ted Brown (ts), Ronnie Ball (p), Ben Tucker (b) and Jeff Morton (d). Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California, on October 3 (#11,12) and 24 (#13,14), 1956.

Personnel on tracks #15-16:
Art Pepper (as), Warne Marsh, Ted Brown (ts), Ronnie Ball (p), Ben Tucker (b) and Jeff Morton (d). Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California, on December 21, 1956.

Personnel on track #17:
Warne Marsh (ts), Ronnie Ball (p), Red Mitchell (b) and Stan Levey (d). Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California, September 1957.

Original recordings produced by Ozzie Cadena (1-7), George Wein (8,9), Nesuhi ertegun (10), Albert Marx (11-16) and Red Clyde (17).