Ron Holloway Scorcher

JazzTimes: "...SCORCHER is an apt title for practically anything Holloway puts his horn to. His tenor sound is broad and distinctive and he always comes bearing the fire..."
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  • Released: June 25, 1996
  • Originally Released: 1996
  • Label: Milestone Records

Entertainment Reviews:

JazzTimes - 9/96, p.99
"...SCORCHER is an apt title for practically anything Holloway puts his horn to. His tenor sound is broad and distinctive and he always comes bearing the fire..."


Product Description:

Personnel: Ron Holloway (tenor saxophone); Gil Scott-Heron, Alex "M.C. Rip" Jones, Erik "Shorty Bones" Jones (vocals); Chris Battistone (trumpet, flugelhorn); Mark Wenner (harmonica); Joey DeFrancesco (Hammond B-3 organ); Vince Evans (keyboards); Paul Bollenback, Pye Williams (guitar); John Bell (sitar); Tommy Cecil (bass); Vince Loving (electric bass); Byron Landham, Rod Youngs (drums); Sunny Sumpter, Rachel-Ann Cross, Neeta Ragoowansi, Jaqui MacMillan (background vocals).
Recorded at Big Mo Recording Studio, Kensington, Maryland between February and March 1996. Includes liner notes by Bret Primack.
Personnel: Ron Holloway (tenor saxophone); Sunny Sumpter, Neeta Ragoowansi, Jaqui MacMillan, Rachel-Ann Cross (vocals, background vocals); Erik "Shorty Bones" Jones, Gil Scott-Heron, Alex Jones (vocals); Pye Williams, Paul Bollenback (guitar); John Bell (sitar); Mark Wenner (harmonica); Chris Battistone (trumpet, flugelhorn); Joey DeFrancesco (organ); Vince Evans (keyboards); Vince Loving (electric bass); Rodney Youngs, Byron Landham (drums).
Audio Mixers: Greg Hartman; Ron Holloway.
Liner Note Author: Bret Primack.
Recording information: Big Mo Recording Studio, Kensington, MD (02/1996-03/1996).
Photographer: Steve Maruta.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Eric Jones; Rodney Youngs.
Tenor saxophonist Ron Holloway has a large tone slightly similar to Stanley Turrentine's and an adventurous style. He was a member of one of Dizzy Gillespie's last combos and, in the 1990s, led a series of dates for the Milestone label. This set is mostly straight-ahead jazz, often with funky rhythms, including the bebop standard "Hot House." Among the better selections are a remake of Lee Morgan's "The Sidewinder," Sonny Rollins' "The Everywhere Calypso," and a duet with guitarist Paul Bollenback on "You and I." Organist Joey DeFrancesco stars among the supporting cast. There is also a boppish version of "How High the Moon" and a jam on the Ron Carter bluesy "81," one of several songs that has a spot for trumpeter Chris Battistone. Two vocals by Gil Scott-Heron (a throwaway "Is That Jazz?" and "Blue Collar") are departures, and the closing number, "The Pulse," was Holloway's attempt to record rap with a positive message, although it falls short. Otherwise, this is an excellent effort. ~ Scott Yanow
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  • Sales Rank: 33,322
  • UPC: 025218925723
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