Ron Holloway Groove Update
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- Released: May 19, 1998
- Originally Released: 1998
- Label: Milestone
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Personnel includes: Ron Holloway, Chris Battistone, Larry Willis, Benjie Porecki, Paul Bollenback, James King, Vince Loving, Gary Grainger, Lenny Robinson, Andre "Blues" Webb, Rod Youngs, Lizabeth Flood, Gil Scott-Heron.
Recorded in October and November 1997.
Personnel: Ron Holloway (tenor saxophone); Lizabeth Flood, Gil Scott-Heron (vocals); Paul Bollenback (guitar); Chris Battistone (trumpet, flugelhorn); Andy Kochenour (tuba); Benjie Porecki (piano, keyboards); Larry Willis (piano); Barnett Williams (electric piano, percussion); Gary Grainger , Vince Loving (electric bass); Lenny Robinson, Rodney Youngs, Andre Webb (drums); Amikaeyla Proudfoot Gaston (background vocals).
Audio Remixers: Greg Hartman; Ron Holloway.
Liner Note Author: Ron Holloway.
Recording information: Avalon Studios, Bethesda, MD (12/15/1997-12/20/1997).
Photographer: Steve Maruta.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Lizabeth Flood; Gary Grainger ; Gil Scott-Heron; Lenny Robinson; James King ; Vince Loving; Chris Battistone; Rodney Youngs; Larry Willis; Paul Bollenback; Benjie Porecki; Andre Webb.
When Ron Holloway signed with Milestone in the mid-1990s and started to enjoy some national exposure, his supporters in the jazz press tended to think of him as a hard bopper and a Sonny Rollins discipline. But while the Washington, DC tenor saxophonist has been greatly influenced by Rollins and does play a great deal of hard bop, Groove Update reminds us that it would be wrong to call him a jazz purist or think of him as a Rollins clone. In fact, this varied CD finds him using a lot of electric bass and playing his share of foot-tapping soul-jazz (as opposed to fusion or crossover). While so-called purists shouldn't have a problem with his all-acoustic interpretations of Jimmy Heath's "Gingerbread Boy" and the standard "East of the Sun," the saxman clearly isn't catering to purists on Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon" or on a very funky take of Horace Silver's "Psychedelic Sally." Recalling early Peggy Lee, singer Lizabeth Flood has a pleasant cameo on "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?," while R&B/jazz protest singer Gil Scott-Heron is featured on likable remakes of his 1970s classics "We Almost Lost Detroit" and "Three Miles Down." Although Scott-Heron clearly doesn't have the voice he did in the 1970s and early 1980s, he still manages to get his points across. Far from one-dimensional, this is a heartfelt CD that both jazz and R&B lovers should be aware of. ~ Alex Henderson
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