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RON KEARNS AND FRIENDS "Introspective" - Washington Post July 20, 2007

Bringing in sounds, memories of past lessons
Washington Post Review by Mike Joyce
A Real Noise Maker
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Article from DC North (May, 2006)

Ron Kearns is a performer, conductor, composer/arranger, record producer and educator.

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Ron has performed with Ernie Andrews, Stanley Turrentine, Rick Henderson and Kenny Reed. He has performed at the world renowned Blues Alley Jazz Supper Club, London's 100 Club and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His CDs, Hand Prints, The Ron Kearns Quintet, Live! at Blues Alley--Blues in the Alley and Looking Back, Stepping Forward (with special guest, Buck Hill) are being played on CMJ and Jazz radio stations in the United States and Canada.

As a producer, Mr. Kearns has produced albums/CDs for Candid Records, LTD, London, England, FOXHAVEN RECORDS, Jazz Karma Records and Tiffany Records. He has written liner notes for several recordings and has published articles on jazz production and performance.

 

 
RECORDINGS
Ron Kearns - Quiet Nights
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Quiet Nights, the new CD by Ron Kearns featuring Paul Wingo (guitar), Kent Miller (bass) and Mark Prince (drums), contains some of the best Brazilian jazz and straight ahead jazz tunes around. An homage to the classic recording, Jazz Samba (Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd) which introduced Bossa Nova to North America, this recording is a fresh approach to old standards and listeners' favorites.

 

Ron Kearns and Friends - Introspective
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Ron Kearns and Friends Introspective is a compilation of Ron's originals recorded previously and features Kenny Reed, trumpet/flugelhorn; John Jensen, trombone; Larry Brown, piano; Robert Grimwood, piano; Eric Byrd, piano; Mike Jones, piano; James King, bass; Bhagwan Khalsa, bass; Kent Miller, bass; Allison Miller, drums; Mike Smith, drums and Tim Collins, vibes. The songs were co-produced by Ronnie Wells and the CD is dedicated to her memory.

 


RON KEARNS - LIVE AT MONTPELIER
1. (RealAudio) This I Dig of You
2. (RealAudio) My Old Flame
3. (RealAudio) Spice and Sugar
4. I'll Remember April
5. My Funny Valentine
6. Nica's Dream
7 Soon
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Personnel: Ron Kearns, alto sax; John Jensen, trombone; Larry Brown, piano; Kent Miller, bass; Mike Smith, drums and special guest, Tim Collins, vibes.

Ron Kearns Live at Montpelier is an acoustic recording featuring a sax/trombone front-line. The group performs Bebop/Hard Bop tunes in the old Blue Note records style. Montpelier is an excellent venue for live acoustic recordings and the sound on this recording is what was heard by the live audience.

 

THE RON KEARNS QUINTET - LOOKING BACK, STEPPING FORWARD
with special guest BUCK HILL
1. (RealAudio) Blues For Miles
2. (RealAudio) No Greater Love
3. (RealAudio) Andre's Song
4. Polka Dots
5. Wade In the Water
6. Saturday Renaissance
7. Blue Trane
8. Love Letter
9. (MP3) Nookie's Blues
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This recording features Ron Kearns on alto and soprano saxophones, Kenny Reed on trumpet and flugelhorn, Eric Byrd on piano, Bhagwan Khalsa on bass, Mike Smith on drums with special guest Buck Hill on tenor saxophone.

 

THE RON KEARNS QUINTET - LIVE AT BLUES ALLEY
1. (RealAudio) Blues in the Alley
2. (RealAudio) Black Orpheus
3. (RealAudio) That Old Devil Called Love
4. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
5. Driftin'
6. My Funny Valentine
7. (RealAudio) Just Friends
8. Cantaloupe Island
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Recorded live at Blues Alley in Washington DC, this recording featured Ron Kearns on alto and tenor saxophones, Kenny Reed on trumpet and flugelhorn, Eric Byrd on piano, Bhagwan Khalsa on bass, Mike Smith on drums and Shelley Dorsey on vocals.

 

"Ron Kearns is better known as a producer for such local [DC] artists as Buck Hill and Ronnie Wells than as a musician in his own right. But "Live at Blues Alley" (Foxhaven) gives the alto and tenor saxophonist his due, providing a cool, late-night atmosphere for seasoned and soulful tone. With the help of trumpeter Kenny Reed, Kearns sometimes projects a frontline sound that brings to mind the music of Cannonball and Nat Adderley, particularly on the riff-based Herbie Hancock tune Driftin'. First though, Kearns unveils "Blues in the Alley," the album's opening track and its only original composition, which establishes the album's unfussy and unhurried tone. He then offers a rendition of Luis Bonfa's "Black Orpheus," notable for its gliding legato phrasing before singer Shelley Dorsey infuses "That Old Devil Called Love" with a sultry air. As for the remaining tunes, don't expect any surprises. The album is dominated by pop and jazz standards, including appealing performances of "Just Friends" and "Cantaloupe Island." Most of the arrangements tend to unfold in conventional fashion, leaving plenty of solo space for the horn men and the gopsel-infected runs favored by pianist Eric Byrd. Ably rounding out the rhythm section and neatly accenting the arrangements are bassist Bhagwan Khalsa and drummer Mike Smith.

Mike Joyce, The Washington Post, December 8, 1999

 

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