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Renewal
     

Renewal

by Arnie Lawrence
 
Arnie Lawrence worked with a host of jazz all-stars prior to the making of this 1981 studio session for Palo Alto, but the saxophonist has made relatively few recordings as a leader and, evidently, none since this album. Primarily playing alto sax, he makes a delayed entrance following a long introduction to "Lover Man" by pianist Ram Ramirez<

Overview

Arnie Lawrence worked with a host of jazz all-stars prior to the making of this 1981 studio session for Palo Alto, but the saxophonist has made relatively few recordings as a leader and, evidently, none since this album. Primarily playing alto sax, he makes a delayed entrance following a long introduction to "Lover Man" by pianist Ram Ramirez (who is also its composer), while his unusual floating introduction to "Poinciana" is beautifully improvised. "Treat Style" is an intriguing blues written by Jimmy Garrison (John Coltrane's bassist), featuring Lawrence's soulful alto sax. Lawrence switches to soprano sax on two tracks. The exotic "Liza Is Her Name" features both Billy Hart and Chico Hamilton (the latter who employed Lawrence on a number of his own albums) on drums and Mike Richmond's distorted arco bass, which almost suggests a didgeridoo. His interpretation of "My Foolish Heart" captures its bittersweet essence perfectly. There is only one problem with this recording: the excessive reverb used on the piano muddies the sound a bit, but there's nothing wrong with any of the performances. Long after the demise of Palo Alto, this recommended date was finally reissued by Quicksilver on CD.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/30/2003
Label:
Quicksilver
UPC:
0015668402325
catalogNumber:
4023
Rank:
177823

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Performance Credits

Arnie Lawrence   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Chico Hamilton   Drums
Billy Hart   Percussion,Drums
Hilton Ruiz   Piano
Mike Richmond   Bass
Víctor García   Percussion
Abdullah Maghrib   Bongos,Conga
Roger "Ram" Ramirez   Piano
Victor Manuel Sarabia Garcia   Percussion
Ram Ramirez   Percussion,Piano

Technical Credits

Ian Mitchell   Executive Producer
Phil Bulla   Engineer
Arnie Lawrence   Producer,Liner Notes
Roger "Ram" Ramirez   Composer
Jimmy Sherman   Composer
Tom Vickers   Reissue Producer
Michael Bourne   Liner Notes
Jimmy Davis   Composer
Scott Zarnes   Reissue Producer
Howard Silvers   Reissue Producer
Alex Capehart   Art Direction

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