1 January 2007
RONNIE ROSS - CLEOPATRA'S NEEDLE
Welcome to 2007 and a real rarity from Ronnie Ross to get the new year rolling in true Orgy in Rhythm style.
Recorded in 1968 for Fontana with Les Condon (tp), Art Ellefson (ts), Bill le Sage (p, vib), Spike Heatley (b), Ronnie Stephenson (ds), and Tony Carr (ds). This features eight compositions all of which are originals;here's some more info from the sleeve notes.
Ronnie Ross wrote three of them:"Dolphin Square",dedicated to a party at which Zoot Sims was present,once held in a flat there("It must have been a good one,because I don't remember it"):"Cleopatra's Needle"which he describes as an old fashioned 20 bar blues:and the quintet number "Smiling Jack"which he reluctantly confessed is a nickname for Zoot Sims-reluctantly because Zoot doesn't like being called by it.
Bill Le Sage contributed two titles "Stand By"and"Two Castles"."Tibufa"intricately derived by assembling syllables taken from certain parts of the human anatomy is by Art Elefsen.Spike Heatley wrote the very intriguing"Eucalyptus Kid"while Les Condon provided "U69".
This remains a very expensive lp and has never made it to cd so I was dead chuffed to pick up a mint Japanese 180g reissue at a very reasonable price from disquesdessinee in Hyogo,Japan.I ripped it on first play at 320 so the sound is excellent -Happy New Year!!!