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Track Listing
1. A BLUES The Ronnie Scott Trio
2. WHAT'S NEW? The Ronnie Scott Trio
3. STELLA BY STARLIGHT The Ronnie Scott Trio
4. ANGEL EYES The Ronnie Scott Trio
5. ON A CLEAR DAY The Ronnie Scott Trio
6. LOU'S PIECE The Ronnie Scott Trio
Artist:
The Ronnie Scott Trio
Title:
On A Clear Day - 'Live' 1974
Label:
Acrobat
Cat No:
ACMCD4397
Format:
CD
Price £9.99
• The UK, 1974: the 3-Day Week, snap-general elections and Glam Rock: rocked as much by strikes and IRA bomb blasts as by Abba and Mud: where Sixties optimism was finally giving way to crisis-driven Seventies reality.

• The same could be said of Ronnie Scott that year too. Indeed, when he took to the stage of a pub in the backwaters of Wiltshire in spring 1974, a one-night stop on an exhaustive nationwide tour, he was in the midst of perhaps the most turbulent time of his life. Amid fractious personal relationships and an ongoing battle with depression, and surrounded by a jazz scene whose fabric had changed unrecognisably in a few short years, Scott remained one of the UK's great jazz catalysts – a central figure around whom much of what was considered newsworthy within the idiom still concentrated.

• At 47, the saxophonist was no longer chasing the music’s cutting edge; instead he had forged a style very much his own, one which tipped its hat to many of the good and the great who'd graced his own Soho club, but which now boasted even greater authority, maturity and individuality than ever before. And, despite his off-stage tribulations, he was happy with his band, a rare instance of a Scott-led line-up lasting more than a few years.

• Supported by organist Mike Carr and drummer Bobby Gein, he tore the roof off the White Hart, whose 'Jazz at The Icebox' presentations were a magnet for West Country jazz fans. Issued here for the first time, this recording captures Scott doing what he did best: playing no holds-barred jazz, minus the pressures that came from being a frontman for his own club, or acting as 'support act' to his many American guests.• As such, it reveals a Ronnie Scott rarely heard on record, an instrumentalist in full-flow, sounding relaxed yet forthright, and making a mockery of the notion that art must mirror life. Scott may have been sailing stormy waters elsewhere but On A Clear Day finds him at the eye of a creative hurricane. “Ronnie is one of our finest jazz musicians and saxophonists – period”, wrote one Melody Maker reviewer that same year, a declaration fully born out on this album.

• Packaged with period photos, reminiscences by some of those present on the night, and an in-depth booklet essay by award-winning saxophonist Simon Spillett, this album makes a powerful case for a long-overdue re-evaluation of Ronnie Scott, jazz musician, doubly so in featuring two rare examples for his oft-overlooked soprano saxophone work.
Reviews For On A Clear Day - 'Live' 1974
In Tune - Gerry Stonestreet
This CD of previously unissued live performances from a country pub in Wiltshire, (The White Hart, Ford) affords a welcome opportunity to be reminded of his talents as a saxophonist and leader. There are only six tracks, however, they all receive lengthy workouts and the CD runs to 55 minutes. The scholarly essay by Simon Spillett that runs to nearly 40 pages in the accompanying booklet is almost worth the price of the CD alone. A very valuable release which adds more prestige to Acrobat's burgeoning jazz catalogue.
Jazz Journal - Brian Payne
“In an engaging booklet that accompanies the album, Simon Spillett places the performance squarely within the context of events at the time. 1974 saw the three-day week and the fall of the Heath government; Harold Wilson was returned as prime minister; the IRA planted bombs in Guildford and London pubs; Lord Lucan vanished without trace and ABBA’s Waterloo won the Eurovision Song Contest. For Scott himself it was a year beset by personal problems and depression. Several friends had not long died and his partner and mother of a two-year-old daughter had left him. Despite all, Scott’s playing on this session is surprisingly bright and assertive. On listening to this album you can really capture what it would have been like one night 44 years ago, walking into this hot, dark and probably smoke-filled room with the band going full pelt at the far end. It’s invariably loud. The Hammond tends to dominate. The sound quality doesn’t compare with a modern studio recording but it’s a remarkable blast from the past in more ways than one.”