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THE NEW COOL (SOUTHPORT)

Ron's first Southport Label which features Ryan Shultz on bass trumpet, Rusty Jones on drums, and Marlene Rosenberg on bass. The recording is a collection of 12 original compositions by Surace which were intentionally arranged for a traditional jazz trio with a bass trumpet feature. The CD was recorded in 1995 and reissued by Sony in 2007. The group is at its very best on this recording. All instruments partake equally within the quartet's structure. Mark Keresman/New York critic... "if he were based in NY. LA or Paris he'd be known the world'round. ..his music is free of cliches, and Surace and co. don't sound like they're trying to turn back the clock to some idealized past jazz era. His compositions have infectious melodies and swing with genial assurance- they're never mere frameworks for "blowing." (See reviews in this site.)
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NEARLY BLUE (SOUTHPORT)

Ron's second Southport jazz quartet "Nearly Blue" was released in 1999. The CD is a collection of 14 original jazz works by Surace. It also features Eric Schneider on tenor sax, Michael Arnopol bass and Rusty Jones drums. Jazz critic Neil Tesser claimed in "The Playboy Guide to Jazz" ... "Ron Surace can take credit for one of the handsomest albums to come out of Chicago in 1998...(his) effortless mastery of classic jazz piano...(see review on this site). This Cd is available at CD baby.com.
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"TRIO CITY"/SOUTHPORT

Trio City was released in 2001 on the Southport label. Of the 14 selections, only one is an original. All others are jazz standards. The featured members of the group are Dave Pavkokic, drums and Tatsu Aoki, bass.
The 2001 "Trio City" jazzs CD was placed on the National Public Radio Station WBEZ "Jazz Top 20 List - 2001" and in 2002 station WGLT placed it on the "Top 25 Jazz" for 2002.
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TRIO CITY TWO - THE RETURN OF THE TRIO

This 2004 Southport release has on it 13 standard jazz works and one original by Surace. The group consists of Dave Pavkovic on drums and Tatsu Aoki on bass. Reviewer Richard Boucier from jazzreview.com ..."These folks really click together and anticipate each other perfectly. That's part of what makes this unit a great trio." Critic Scott Yanow ...A fine modern mainstream straight-ahead jazz pianist based in Chicago....has his own fresh chord voicings ...fans of jazz piano trios will enjoy this date.
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EIGHT SONGS OF PINOCCHIO - PINOCCHIO SUITE

THIS VIDEO/AUDIO 45 MIN. LONG FILE MAY BE DOWNLOADED AT SuraceMBIMasterVideo.