Ron Oswanski's debut: an entertaining lyrical post-bop album
Ron Oswanski was born in 1974 in Toledo (Ohio) and started to play the piano as a kid. He took the accordion to play in his father’s polka band and became fascinated by the B3 organ due to Bill Heid: I used to hear Bill playing at Rusty’s all the time. I bought my first organ from him, and he was my major organ influence.
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His first debut on record was with Maynard Ferguson, who invited him early 1990s to play in his band. Working with Maynard was a fantastic experience .. He really encouraged us to write …. To bring in what you have. Ron debuted on Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau Concord Jazz album These Cat’s can Swing (1994); his debut album under his own name has been released a few months ago: December’s Moon ….. The reason is very simply …… Ron Oswanski, being a sought after accompanists, has a busy calendar as a session player and sideman and that’s why he’s making this relatively late debut as a leader.
Ron Oswanski (photo courtesy: Ron Oswanski)
The album has a dozen tracks, featuring Ron Oswanski on Hammond B3, but also at the piano and the accordion. Guitarist John Abercrombie can be heard on five tracks, like the Kenny Wheeler composition Kayak an the great Oswanski title song December Moon. Most of the tracks are Oswanski’s own compositions.
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Neil Tesser, who wrote the liner notes for Hammond B3 jazz artist Ron Oswanski, opens with the quote: This is not an organ record ..... a rather weird suggestion, I think, as it is Ron Oswanski's main instrument: that needs some further explanation. Ron, who's active in jazz since the early 1990s, recently debuted with this album under his own name and shows that he is a great jazz player at the keys .... not only the Hammond B3, but also at the accordion and piano, ............ December's Moon is a very entertaining album and the music, the repertoire learns, that there is more then the funky groovy sounds of the Hammond as we know from the 1960s Hammond Organ trio's of Jimmy Smith and his successors .... that's why this album is not an ordinary organ record!
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