Benny Aronov

Introducing Ben Aronov

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Pianist Ben Aronov made his American debut as a leader with this session, initially issued as a Progressive LP titled Suavity, though this reissue has no bonus tracks. Already a veteran of the New York jazz scene at the time of this 1977 session, as well as having appeared on a number of dates as a sideman (his debut was on a record by singer June Christy), Aronov is obviously a mature talent, and is joined here by veterans Jay Leonhart on bass and drummer Billy Hart. He gives a very different texture to "Upper Manhattan Medical Group" by adding a rather pensive introduction before segueing into more familiar swing territory, while his poignant take of the ballad "Never Let Me Go" also works well. The leader generously features Hart in both Charlie Parker pieces ("Yardbird" and "Quasimodo"). Aronov's three originals are also of interest, though the use of electric piano in "Circle of Threes" makes the piece sound a bit dated. Recommended.

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