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Slanted
     

Slanted

by Ron Holloway
 
Tenor saxophonist Ron Holloway's first album for Milestone as a leader, 1994's Slanted, sounds like the man is so busy paying tribute to his heroes that his own prodigious gifts are largely ignored. Holloway is a gifted player with a wide range of influences; his CV includes stints with both the revolutionary jazz poet Gil

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Tenor saxophonist Ron Holloway's first album for Milestone as a leader, 1994's Slanted, sounds like the man is so busy paying tribute to his heroes that his own prodigious gifts are largely ignored. Holloway is a gifted player with a wide range of influences; his CV includes stints with both the revolutionary jazz poet Gil Scott-Heron and the garish funk-rock of Root Boy Slim & the Sex Change Band. (Yes, that's him honking away on "Boogie Til You Puke" and "Dare to Be Fat.") On Slanted, however, that wide range sounds at times more like a facile talent for mimicry. On the opening version of "Caravan," Holloway's solos seem to be saying, "Look how much I can sound like Paul Gonsalves", and his take on Sonny Rollins' "Pent-up House" sounds a little too close to the original for comfort. Comfortingly, the three originals are by far the strongest songs, with the cool title track, featuring some sterling vibes by Lennie Cuje, the best of the bunch. Holloway would outgrow his imitative stage by the time of his next album, but even with its flaws, Slanted is still worth checking out.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/15/1994
Label:
Milestone
UPC:
0025218921923
catalogNumber:
9219

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Performance Credits

Ron Holloway   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Tom Williams   Trumpet
Reuben Brown   Piano,Track Performer
Chris Battistone   Trumpet,Track Performer
Keter Betts   Bass,Track Performer
Paul Bollenback   Guitar,Track Performer
Bob Butta   Piano,Track Performer
Larry Camp   Guitar,Track Performer
Tommy Cecil   Bass,Track Performer
George Colligan   Piano,Track Performer
Lennie Cuje   Background Vocals,Vibes
Pepe Gonzales   Bass
Pépé Gonzalez   Track Performer
Lenny Robinson   Drums,Track Performer
John Zidar   Drums,Track Performer
Steve Williams   Drums,Track Performer
James King   Bass,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Tom Williams   Contributor
Reuben Brown   Contributor
Chris Battistone   Contributor
David Berman   Producer
Paul Bollenback   Contributor
Bob Butta   Contributor
Larry Camp   Contributor
Tommy Cecil   Contributor
George Colligan   Contributor
Lennie Cuje   Contributor
Mike Dolan   Liner Notes
Brian Gerstner   Engineer
Pepe Gonzales   Contributor
Ron Holloway   Producer
Lenny Robinson   Contributor
Ray Tilkens   Engineer
John Zidar   Contributor
Phil Carroll   Art Direction
Steve Williams   Contributor
James King   Contributor
Brian Gerstner   Engineer

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