Ron Brendle

Autumn

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North Carolina area jazz bassist Ron Brendle has performed and recorded with vocalist Nneena Freelon, trumpeter Clark Terry, and others, yet is perhaps lesser known than his associate and longtime member of the Jazz Composers Collective, pianist Frank Kimbrough. However, the duo creates a quiet fire on this nicely produced effort. With Victor Herbert's classic "Indian Summer" Brendle provides the soft bottom end and harmonizes with Kimbrough's elegantly executed voicings and lightly swinging motifs. The musicians convey subtle nuance and a suave demeanor on their rendition of "Autumn Nocturne." Thus, it is all about supple themes, an air of innocence, delicate phraseology, and picturesque soundscapes. Here, every note counts amid Kimbrough's lushly organized chord progressions, jazzy right-hand lead soloing, and Brendle's interweaving contours. The entire production clocks in at a scant 36 minutes, although quality supersedes quantity every time.

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