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1999 by Al Cron Quintet

Al Cron is a Boston, MA based trombonist in the bebop and swing tradition. He has paid his dues as a performer in numerous touring big bands and pit orchestras, including such names as Aretha Franklin and the Artie Shaw Orchestra. He has also taught music at the Berklee School and Milton Public Schools.

This debut CD presents Cron with his own working group, a pianoless quintet that plays straightforward bop and standards, along with several of Cron's own compositions. Included in the choice of songs are two Miles Davis classics, "Eighty-One" and "Seven Steps To Heaven" which the band blazes through with intense speed and focus. "There is No Greater Love" is given standard bossa treatment, and the band slows down to thoughtfully consider "A Child Is Born" and "Come Sunday", one of Duke Ellington's less-frequently played masterpieces.

Cron's contributions include the moody "Sunday Driver", piloted by John Greiner's soprano sax work, loping funk on "The Prowl", and a swinging finale, "Thankful For The Friends I've Got."

Cron's arrangements work the band thoughtfully, and the rhythm section is held together and driven skillfully by drummer Ken Hadley. It's nice to hear Cron play muted 'bone on several tunes; it seems like the art of mute playing is slowly becoming lost as older generations of brass men pass away. Cron also plays a smooth and focused ballad style, as exemplified by his duet with guitarist John Wilkins on "Old Folks."

Be sure to add Al Cron to your list of up and coming brass talent, and grab yourself a copy of this enjoyable CD.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Al Cron Quintet
  • CD Title: 1999
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2000
  • Record Label: Independent
  • Tracks: Eighty One, Old Folks, Seven Steps to Heaven, Sunday Driver, There is No Greater Love, A Child Is Born, The Prowl, Come Sunday, Thankful For The Friends Ive Got'
  • Musicians: Al Cron, trombone, leader; John Greiner, soprano and tenor saxophone; John Wilkins, guitar; Bronek Suchanek, bass; Ken Hadley, drums
  • Rating: Four Stars
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