The Ronnell Bright Trio - Complete Recordings 1956-1958 (2-CD)
  • Regent MG 6041
    Regent MG 6041
  • Vanguad VRS 8512
    Vanguad VRS 8512
  • Polydor 46106
    Polydor 46106
  • Epic LN 3339
    Epic LN 3339

Ronnell Bright

The Ronnell Bright Trio - Complete Recordings 1956-1958 (2-CD)

Fresh Sound Records

Personnel:
Ronnell Bright (p), Wilbur Wynne, Kenny Burrell (g), Leonard Gaskin, Joe Benjamin, Richard Davis (b), Willard Nelson, Bill Clark, Art Morgan (d)

Reference: FSRCD 541_2

Bar code: 8427328605410

Ronnell Bright is one of the most underrated jazz pianists of his generation. His classical background led him to approach the instrument with respect for its fullest potential, while much of his jazz apprenticeship was served with Chicagos Johnny Pate Trio. Brights virtues include an exuberant beat and a supple, pliant conception at medium and up-tempos, with a subtle tenderness in ballads. His playing is full of technical ease, with an expressively pianistic touch, and he can create fascinatingly complete statements when he digs in.

This compilation collects for the first time all of Ronnell Bright's trio recordings. The opening track was recorded in his Chicago hometown with two local musicians. The second date, his first as a leader, was done shortly after the pianist hit the Big Apple in 1956, with bassist Leonard Gaskin and guitarist Kenny Burrell; they provided very capable support, with Burrell in particular soloing well. The following sessions were with Joe Benjamin and Bill Clark, who integrated with skill and taste into his New York trio. The rewarding last session, with Richard Davis and Art Morgan, took place in Paris while Brights trio was accompanying Sarah Vaughan during the singers European tour in 1958.



CD 1
01. Bright Bounce (Ronnell Bright) 2:37
02. Pennies From Heaven (Johnston-Burke) 3:58
03. Gone With The Wind (Wrubel-Magidson) 3:50
04. If I'm Lucky (Myrow-DeLange) 3:50
05. Blue Zepher (Ronnell Bright) 4:11
06. Struttin' In (Ronnell Bright) 3:48
07. I See Your Face Before Me (Schwartz-Dietz) 3:46
08. Bright's Spot (Ronnell Bright) 3:11
09. Little Girl Blue (Rodgers-Hart) 4:01
10. I Remember You (Schertzinger-Mercer) 3:32
11. Randall's Island (Ben Webster) 3:14
12. Sallye (Ronnell Bright) 3:26
13. People Will Say We're In Love (Rodgers-Hammerstein II) 4:16
14. Liza (G. & I. Gershwin) 2:44
15. It Never Entered My Mind (Rodgers-Hart) 2:32
16. For Pete's Sake (Ronnell Bright) 4:17
17. Toasted Ammond (Joe Benjamin) 5:56
18. It Could Happen To You (Van Heusen-Burke) 2:56
19. How Little We Know (Hoagy Carmichael) 4:43
20. Bohemia, U.S.A. (Ronnell Bright) 3:18
21. I've Grown Accustomed To Your Face (Lerner-Loewe) 3:09

CD 2
01. The Champ (Dizzy Gillespie) 2:32
02. Easy Listening Blues (Nat King Cole) 4:22
03. Chasing Sarah (Ronnell Bright) 3:40
04. Doxology (Ronnell Bright) 5:54
05. Sail 'Em (Ronnell Bright) 3:42
06. Things Ain't What They Used To Be (Mercer-Ellington) 4:11
07. Johnny Pate's Blues (Johnnie Pate) 4:23
08. R And R Groove (Ronnell Bright) 4:45

Album details

Sources:
CD 1, track #1 from the miscellaneous album "After Hours Jazz" (Epic LN 3339)
CD 1, tracks #2-9 from the LP "Bright's Spot" (Regent MG 6041)
CD 1, track #10 included on the Rolf Kuhn album "Streamline" (Vanguard VRS 8510)
CD 1, tracks #11-21 from the LP "Bright Flight" (Vanguad VRS 8512)
CD 2, all tracks from the LP "The Ronnell Bright Trio" (Polydor 46106)

Personnel on CD 1:

Track #1: Ronnel Bright (p), Wilbur Wynne (g), Willard Nelson (d).
Recorded in Chicago, June 12, 1956

Tracks #2-9: Ronnel Bright (p), Kenny Burrell (g), Leonard Gaskin (d).
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey, September 26, 1956

Tracks #10-21: Ronnel Bright (p), Joe Benjamin (b), Bill Clark (d).
Recorded in New York City, November 27 (#10) & March 2 (#11-21), 1957

Personnel on CD 2: Ronnel Bright (p), Richard Davis (b), Art Morgan (d).
Recorded in Paris, on June 5, 1958

This compilation produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.

Press reviews

-Bright's Spot

"This drummerless piano trio dates from 1956 and is a gently swinging mix of bop and mainstream styles from talented pianist and composer Ronnell Bright. Not a household name, but Bright has worked with Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, and other illuminaries. His compositions have been performed by an equally stellar collection of players. This collaboration with guitarist Kenny Burrell and bassist Leonard Gaskin is a slightly updated variation of the drummer-less Nat Cole and Ahmad Jamal trios, groups that also featured superb guitarists (Oscar Moore and Ray Crawford, respectively). Burrell's presence on this mix of standards and Bright originals is key. He is the engine that swings the set, making the date a memorable one with his exquisite ballad work, hot bebop lines, choicely voiced comping on the slower tunes, and driving chord flurries on the up-tempo numbers. Gaskin takes a background role, leaving Bright and Burrell room to maneuver. While this is a fine session from their leader, fans of the guitarist will especially want to seek it out. As with many of his appearances on Savoy dates, Burrell has a way of becoming the focal point. In this case, he does so with playing that stands among his finest recorded performances."

Jim Todd -All Music Guide

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