Ron Hockett Quintet: Finally Ron
Arbors RecordsARCD: 19360
Ron Hockett-clarinet, soprano sax
"After 29 years playing jazz in the Washington, DC area while pursuing a full-time career in the U.S. Marine Band, after nine years and counting as part of the Jim Cullum Jazz Band in San Antonio, after participating as a sideman in numerous recordings, starting when he was still in high school, Ron Hockett at long last finally gets to lead his own record date. It was a long time coming, but I'm sure you'll agree it was well worth the wait. What you'll find here is a well thought-out, beautifully rendered program of irresistibly swinging music by a world-class clarinetist (and sometime soprano saxophonist) who for all his years of experience still has much to tell us that is fresh and new. He is supported by a carefully chosen rhythm section of familiar names who provide a perfect setting for his playing and make their own substantial solo contributions to the success of this CD."
—Ross Firestone, author of the award-winning Swing, Swing, Swing: The Life and Times of Benny Goodman.
Too Close for Comfort, Nuages, Hindustan, My Ideal, Everybody Loves My Baby, Blues for Jack, Just One of Those Things, On The Sunny Side of the Street, Memories of You, If Dreams Come True, Gone With the Wind, Reverie, Beale Street Blues, Undecided, Strange Blues