Ron Sunshine &
Full Swing

Golden Bug Music
528 Ninth Street #1
Brooklyn, NY 11215

(212) 714-4510


 

Review
{DUKE ELLINGTON SOCIETY NEWSLETTER}
Stanley Slome

 

"New York chapter members must have seen & heard the combo - Ron Sunshine & Full Swing, based in Brooklyn. I never had until the afternoon of October 29, 1996. My wife & I walked through the front doors of the Showboat Casino on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. There on a white gazebo bandstand was this quintet: a harmonica-playing vocalist leader, a tenor sax, piano, bass, and drums.

You don't expect to hear anything close to jazz in a casino. We hadn't heard any in Atlantic City until then and little is heard in Las Vegas these days. Yet, here was a group often playing mainstream jazz, mixed in with bluesy numbers. The musicians appeared to be in their late 20s or early 30s, playing in a style close in time to the ages of the people standing & listening.

Have you ever heard - Don't Get Around Much Anymore - played with a driving harmonica solo, followed by a gutsy vocal? It was a revelation & Ron Sunshine did both in a performance that included superb improvisations by tenor sax Craig Dreyer & pianist, Paul Tillotson, ably supported by James Wormworth on drums and Andrés Villamil, bass.

Ron Sunshine and Full Swing can be heard on their cassette - Sumpin Jumpin. Our resident reviewer has heard it & told me that it reminds him of the groups of, Nat King Cole and Louis Jordan. While there is no Duke on the cassette, it contains good jazz versions of Somebody Loves Me, Comes Love, And Sweet Sue".


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