Jul 3, 2013

Ronnie Mathews - Trip To The Orient




barabara sounds sez:
Ronnie Mathews leading a trio on East Wind, recorded and issued in 1975. By then, he'd been around for almost 20 years, working with some of the major players but never making much of a name for himself. This was just his second album as a leader (the first was back in '63, on Prestige with Freddie Hubbard in the band). 

No doubt because it was on a "minor" label issued in "the Orient", this one has mostly fallen through the cracks... But it's well worth your time, especially the tracks Jean-Marie and, my favorite, the hip, slinky Manha do Carnival for which he moves to Fender.
     
Factoid: "Ichiban" literally means "first", or "number one". But back in the day it was slang (among non-Japanese) for "outstanding", "great", etc. All these tracks are ichiban.

There's more about Ronnie Mathews here on Wiki and from his obit in the NYT...

personnel:
Ronnie Mathews, piano; Yoshio Suzuki, bass; Louis Hayes on drums

tracks:
Ichiban; Manha do Carnival; Linda; K's Waltz; Jean-Marie; When Sunny Gets Blue; Summertime


14 comments:

taro nombei said...

From the Orient...

http://www.mediafire.com/?w22jsh1kivaou8k

upkerry14 said...

thank you for this. Is it mp3 or flac? Best, B

corvimax said...

nice, thank you

Simon666 said...

Thanks TN!

taro nombei said...

@ corvimax, Simon666

thanks for dropping by — and for letting me know…
cheers!

dubmusic said...

Nice one! Love the Fender Rhodes :)

g.raf said...

Many thanks for this TN.
I am a big Ronnie Mathews fan but didn't have this one.
That is easily one of the best versions of the much covered 'Jean-Marie'

taro nombei said...

@ dubmisuc, @ g.raf
thanks!
more goodies to come, soon as I get some holiday time...

Christel said...

This is awesome!

nick said...

A belated thank you for this, taro. This is an excellent album. Louis Hayes is killing it! Great stuff. Thank you!

taro nombei said...

@ nick, @ Christel

Glad you're feeling it!

danair said...

Thank you for this one.

Unknown said...

Thanks a lot again for the great soundz!
Peace!
pierreb

jazzobsessive said...

Thanks Taro.

I heard the Manho.... track last night & needed to here more before investing in a copy.

Sounds superb on quick first play.