Love Lifted Me (Analog Source-Remastered Edition) Ron Jefferson

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  • 1Love Lifted Me (Remastered Edition)04:40
  • 2For Carl Perkins (Remastered Edition)10:23
  • 3Little One (Remastered Edition)05:29
  • 4Ivy League Blues (Remastered Edition)05:50
  • 5Flamingo (Remastered Edition)05:53
  • 6George's Dilemma (Remastered Edition)06:51
  • Total Runtime39:06

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Ron Jefferson, the sensitive jazz drummer, was something of a paradox: a jazzman who, for several years, labored just below the level of general public recognition in the East, only to find, as a founding member of pianist Les McCanns successful trio, an enthusiastic audience and wholehearted recognition of his talents on the West Coast jazz scene. And with his album Love Lifted Me he also shone as the fine leader of a persuasively swinging and remarkably consistent quintet in which Bobby Hutcherson plays with a joie de vivre that harks back to a young Milt Jackson.

Aside from the driving lines of Wilbur Browns tenor, the most provocative soloist is Tricky Lofton, whose blithe, lusty trombone is a refreshing updating of the earthy style of an earlier jazz day. Tricky is also co-leader, with trumpeter Carmell Jones, of the second album here, Brass Bag, on half of which he features with some fullbodied, four-trombone ensemble support, and in the other half shares solos with Lou Blackburn. Jones adds his consistent and lyrical solo voice, and Frank Strazzeris piano contributions are bright and lively, while Gerald Wilsons deft arrangements make effective use of the trombone choirs rich, dark ensemble sound.

Carmell Jones, trumpet
Lawrence 'Tricky' Lofton, trombone
Bob Edmondson, trombone
Wayne Henderson, trombone
Frank Strong, trombone
Lou Blackburn, trombone
Wilbur Brown, tenor saxophone
Bobby Hutcherson, vibraphone
Frank Strazzeri, piano
Leroy Vinnegar, double bass
Ron Jefferson, drums
Gerald Wilson, arranger

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Ron Jefferson
was fixture of the postwar New York City bop landscape, collaborating with giants ranging from Lester Young to Coleman Hawkins. Born in the Big Apple on February 13, 1926, Jefferson begin his career as a tap dancer before turning to drums, touring and recording with a who's who of bebop greats that also included Charles Mingus, Freddie Redd, and Roy Eldridge. He also spent a number of years in support of Oscar Pettiford, and with fellow Pettiford alums Charlie Rouse and Julius Watkins formed the Jazz Modes in 1957. When the trio split two years later, Jefferson signed on with Les McCann before settling in Los Angeles. There he cut his first session as a leader, the Pacifica date Love Lifted Me, in 1962, in addition to playing behind Groove Holmes, Zoot Sims, Carmell Jones, and Joe Castro. Jefferson also toured with the Roland Kirk-led Jazz and People's Movement, and spent a number of years in Paris, drumming behind Hazel Scott and teaching music for the U.S. Embassy. In 1976, he also cut Vout Etes Swing! for the Catalyst label. Upon returning to New York, Jefferson hosted the cable TV series Miles Ahead with fellow drummer John Lewis. Despite a steady work schedule, he never attained the visibility or renown of many of his contemporaries, and after a brief illness died in Richmond, VA, on May 7, 2007. (Jason Ankeny, AMG)

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