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April in Paris

by Ron Hart & Gary Fitzgerald

This mainstream and progressive jazz album features dynamic interplay between Ron Hart on grand piano and Gary Fitzgerald on upright bass. A uniquely playful jazz treatment of Hit the Road, Jack is the featured track on this popular CD.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. April in Paris
Ron Hart & Gary Fitzgerald
8:34 $0.99
2. Sidney's Soliloquy
Ron Hart & Gary Fitzgerald
6:42 $0.99
3. Night and Day
Ron Hart & Gary Fitzgerald
6:37 $0.99
4. Hit the Road, Jack
Ron Hart & Gary Fitzgerald
3:54 $0.99
5. From the Heart
Ron Hart & Gary Fitzgerald
9:47 $0.99
6. The Sandbox
Ron Hart & Gary Fitzgerald
4:26 $0.99
7. Blues for Dr. Barcus
Ron Hart & Gary Fitzgerald
5:08 $0.99
8. Unshakeable Love
Ron Hart & Gary Fitzgerald
4:43 $0.99
9. Angel Eyes
Ron Hart & Gary Fitzgerald
6:04 $0.99
10. Middle East Solution
Ron Hart & Gary Fitzgerald
9:36 $0.99
11. My Romance
Ron Hart & Gary Fitzgerald
6:27 $0.99
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Album Notes
Cashbox Magazine listed “April in Paris” by pianist Ron Hart and upright bassist Gary Fitzgerald in their “Jazz Top 50” for U.S. airplay of new and current releases during April, May and June of 2012. In addition, the CD appeared in DownBeat Magazine’s September, 2012 issue.

Indie label PureBeam Music released “April in Paris” in late 2011. This exciting mainstream and progressive jazz album features dynamic interplay between the bass and piano. A uniquely playful jazz treatment of 'Hit the Road, Jack' is the featured track on the album, which includes five other standards (April in Paris, Sidney’s Soliloquy, Night and Day, Angel Eyes and My Romance ) and five originals.

JazzReview.com on March 11, 2012 reviewed the album by Brian S. Lunde. A portion of the review describes the music this way:
“This duo proves that you don’t need a guy with sticks to keep time, and the absence of the drums heightens the clarity of the remaining voices, as in the creative makeover of an old Percy Mayfield R&B tune made famous in the 1960’s by Ray Charles, ‘Hit the Road, Jack.’ A very fresh treatment of this song.Hart and Fitzgerald have given us some very enjoyable jazz on ‘April in Paris.’ If you enjoy trios, give this record a try and you'll appreciate the simpler but still swinging sound of piano and bass.”

1. April in Paris (Vernon Duke / E.Y. Harburg) 8:34 – The title track has many unexpected moments in this popular standard.
2. Sidney’s Soliloquy (Jimmy Wisner) 6:43 – This hauntingly beautiful song is one of Ron’s favorites. It was recorded in the early 1960’s by singer Mel Torme and again by pianist Teddy Wilson.
3. Night and Day (Cole Porter) 6:38 – This often-recorded standard is given a fresh treatment.
4. Hit the Road, Jack (Percy Mayfield) 3:54 – A completely new jazz rendition of this very popular song which highlights the rhythmic interplay between the bass and piano.
5. From the Heart (Gary Fitzgerald / Ron Hart) 9:47 – A result of allowing the music to play through them led the two musicians on a journey of deep peace and a sense of wonder and discovery.
6. The Sandbox (Gary Fitzgerald / Ron Hart) 4:26 – As the title implies, Gary and Ron put on display their inner kids, replete with buckets and shovels. WARNING: Outright laughter may occur.
7. Blues for Dr. Barcus (Ron Hart) 5:08 – Ron wrote this blues with an unusual time signature for his life-long friend, Bob Barcus.
8. Unshakeable Love (Gary Fitzgerald / Ron Hart) 4:43 – An expression of the longing for and pursuit of unconditional and eternal love.
9. Angel Eyes (Matt Dennis / Earl Brent) 6:05 – A beautiful standard saturated with sweet melancholy.
10. Middle East Solution (Gary Fitzgerald / Ron Hart) 9:37 – The timeless, undisturbed desert – people – the inevitable conflict – a hopeful resolution – the motionless desert.
11. My Romance (Richard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart) 6:27 –The duo express their romance with this great art form – jazz.

Gary Fitzgerald began playing the upright bass while in the Air Force in 1963. He met Ron through jazz guitarist Bill deArango in 1971 and the two young men formed a jazz quartet and worked in clubs in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1972 Gary and Ron played in a trio with jazz drummer E.W. Wainwright and performed college concerts in Los Angeles. Gary later toured Europe with drummer Eddie Moore, violinist Michael White and woodwind player Russel Baba. He has also appeared with alto saxophonist Richie Cole, trumpeter Eddie Henderson and was the bassist in African Roots of Jazz.

Ron Hart has played in concert and recorded with a variety of jazz, new age, rock and pop artists beginning at age 19 with Dionne Warwick. His work as a jazz pianist continued with saxophonists Sonny Stitt and Richie Cole, bebop guitarist Bill deArango (Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker), trumpeter Harry “Sweets” Edison (Count Basie, Ben Webster), bassist/producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock), Brazilian singer/guitarist Tomaz Lima, drummer E.W. Wainwright (McCoy Tyner, Earl “Fatha” Hines), and many others. He is the arranger and featured musician on two popular albums, “The Divine Gypsy,” first released in 1982 and re-released on CD in 1997, and "Where Golden Dreams Dwell" CD in 2003, both published by Self-Realization Fellowship. Ron was included in the 1992-1993 edition of Marquis Who’s Who in Entertainment as a composer, musician and record company executive. In 2006 he started a new Indie label, PureBeam Music (www.purebeammusic.com), and in 2008 released “The Light Beyond the Atoms,” a four-movement suite of original music featuring Ron on grand piano with synthesizer orchestration. A selection from the album was featured on Hearts of Space radio(www.hos.com)throughout North America and can be found in their online archives under Program 889 “Wistful.” Also appearing on that show are jazz greats Herbie Mann, Chick Corea, Gary Burton and Jan Garbarek. In 2011 Ron and upright bassist Gary Fitzgerald released a mainstream and progressive jazz CD entitled "April in Paris." The album contains 6 standards and 5 originals and features dynamic interplay between the bass and piano. Cashbox Magazine listed the CD in their "Jazz Top 50" during April, May and June,2012. The "April in Paris" CD also appeared in DownBeat Magazine's September, 2012 issue. Ron and Gary appeared at the Arcosanti Jazz Festival near Prescott, Arizona in June, 2013 and can be heard in jazz clubs throughout the U.S.
Ron Hart Discography:
1966 – Ain’t That Peculiar (Soul Impromptu) on Prism Records
1981 - Dancing Moments (Landress/Hart Group) on ShadowLight Records
1982 – The Divine Gypsy (Self-Realization Fellowship)
1983 – The Light Beyond the Atoms (Ron Hart) on ShadowLight Records
1984 – Just Behind Our Love (Ron Hart) on ShadowLight Records
1986 – Bouquet (Timmaris McDowell) on Heart Centered Music
1996 - No Distance Between Us (Focal Point) on Music House Productions
1997 – The Divine Gypsy (Self-Realization Fellowship) re-released on CD
2001 – Ceu – Sounds of Magic (Tomaz Lima) on TLL in Brazil
2003 – Where Golden Dreams Dwell (Self-Realization Fellowship)
2008 – The Light Beyond the Atoms (Ron Hart) re-released CD on PureBeam Music
2011 - April in Paris (Ron Hart & Gary Fitzgerald) on PureBeam Music



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