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Ron McClure: Soft Hands

The quiet and easygoing togetherness of bassist Ron McClure’s Soft Hands, with tenor saxophonist Rich Perry and pianist George Colligan, will find listeners overlooking the absence of a drummer. Much of the fire and sizzle provided by a drummer is replaced by a depth of artistic purpose and mellow resolve fed by each of these players, particularly Colligan, whose lyrical angularity brings a different sort of heat, as well as Perry’s laid-back and controlled assurance.

Leader McClure writes in his liner notes about the difficulty of filling the gaps left as a result of not having a drummer. While he refers only to his involvement, Perry and Colligan also contribute mightily to covering those rhythmic spaces. McClure and Colligan are involved in virtually every moment on the album, of course, with Perry the only one given an occasional break on each track due to the nature of his role.

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