The More You Know

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Exuberant and exciting is the Big Round Records debut of big band pianist and composer Ron Paley. This is not “just another pops album.” Paley’s work is cool, clever, and ridiculously fun. Seven of the ten tracks on The More You Know are completely composed, arranged, and performed by Ron Paley. “Theme” is energetic, exploring elements of upbeat jazz and classic boogie woogie. Fast-paced, too, is “U of M” where the artist/composer delves into the genres of gospel and rock as well—surprising the listener at the end with his impressive talent for percussing vocally. “A Beautiful Soul,” and “P&Q” are exquisite jazz ballads that are par with the perfection of those Weill, Porter, or Gershwin. This is demonstrated, too, in Paley’s Ballad Trilogy. “Listen to the Sound,” explores the rhythmic character inherent in Latin dance genres. The title track, “The More You Know,” is fresh and improvisatory. Paley’s mash-up arrangement of Dietz and Schwartz’s “Alone Together” an Orbison’s “Pretty Woman,” is the most experimental track on the album and demonstrates Paley’s gift for transforming the expected into something altogether new. Paley’s arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Flowers,” is a lounge treat, unlike any other interpretation of the favorited Nutcracker tune. Paley brings the same sort of originality to his fabulous arrangement of Chopin’s Prelude in C-Minor, which concludes this treasure of a recording.
Item number BR8951
Barcode 636160195913
Release date 3/9/2018
Category Contemporary Jazz
Number of units 1
Non-Classical Composer Paley, Ron
Disc: 1
1 Theme 00:04:24 Paley, Ron
U Of M00:04:00
2 U of M 00:04:06 Paley, Ron
A Beautiful Soul00:03:00
3 A Beautiful Soul 00:02:40 Paley, Ron
P and Q00:04:00
4 P and Q 00:03:43 Paley, Ron
The Nutcracker, Op. 71: VIII. Valse des fleurs (ar00:07:00
5 The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14: Valse des fleurs (A 00:07:11 Paley, Ron
Listen to the Sound00:05:00
6 Listen to the Sound 00:04:59 Paley, Ron
Alone Together - Pretty Woman00:07:00
7 Alone Together / Pretty Woman 00:07:18 Paley, Ron
Ballad Trilogy00:04:00
8 Ballad Trilogy 00:04:24 Paley, Ron
The More Your Know00:07:00
9 The More You Know 00:07:02 Paley, Ron
24 Preludes, Op. 28: No. 20 in C Minor (arr. R. Pa00:04:00
10 Prélude in C Minor, Op. 28 No. 20 (Arr. R. Paley f 00:04:16 Paley, Ron
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