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The Loose

Jon Ballantyne

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Album Review

Jon Ballantyne, a fine hard bop pianist from Canada, is teamed with bassist Drew Gress and drummer Billy Hart on this early Justin Time release. Ballantyne performs five of his originals plus Charles Mingus' "Duke's Choice," Joe Henderson's "Serenity," "Monk's Mood," "Ornithology," and "I Fall in Love Too Easily." The communication between the players is impressive, the music mostly swings, and Ballantyne shows individuality in his playing within the straight-ahead jazz tradition. Well worth checking out.

Biography

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s

A talented advanced hard bop pianist from Canada, Juno Award winner Jon Ballantyne attended North Texas State University. He debuted with a 1988 set for Justin Time that featured tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson. A member of Henderson's quartet for a time (touring Japan), Ballantyne also recorded for Justin Time in 1994, leading a trio. He has since released...
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  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: 01 October 1994

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