Larry Ridley – Sum Of The Parts

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“A rare outing as bandleader for the talented session bassist who has worked with the likes of Jackie McLean, Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard. Originally released on Strata-East, one of the most consistently high-quality jazz labels of the 70’s. “Sum of the Parts” ventures a little further into the realms of fusion and smooth jazz then most Strata-East titles, but the level of musicianship remains high throughout, thanks to a strong lineup that includes the unsung Sonny Fortune on sax and Grady Tate on drums. Solid.” – Travis Altman.

BILLBOARD’S TOP ALBUM PICKS, October 18, 1975: “Bassist extraordinaire Larry Ridley has pulled together one of the greatest arrays of musicians for this one. — Billboard Magazine, 10/18/1975

THE SUNDAY RECORD, 12/7/1975, by Georgia Urban: “Larry Ridley has finally had the opportunity to release his first album as a leader. — The Sunday Record, 12/7/1975

About the Artist
Larry Ridley- Internationally renowned “Bassist Extraordinaire” who has toured and recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, Dexter Gordon, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, Slide Hampton, the Newport Jazz Festival All-Stars, Thelonious Monk, Clark Terry, Philly Joe Jones, James Moody, Red Garland, et al. Larry is a Professor Emeritus of Music at Rutgers University, a part time Instructor at the Manhattan School of Music and Jazz Artist in Residence at the Schomburg Center/New York Public Library. In 1999- Inducted into the DownBeat Magazine Jazz Education Hall of Fame; 1998- Inducted into the International Association of Jazz Educators Hall of Fame; 1997- Recipient of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s “Living Legacy Jazz Award” presented at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.

Track listing:
A1 Changa Chikuyo 4:02
A2 It Was A Very Good Year 5:34
A3 Well You Needn’t 8:18
A4 Go Down Moses 1:16
B1 Feelin’ Blue 5:53
B2 Indiana Avenue 5:47
B3 In A Sentimental Mood 2:16
B4 Never Can Say Goodbye 7:46


Flute – Sonny Fortune (track A1)
Guitar – Cornell Dupree (tracks A1,A3,B2,B4)
Alto Saxophone – Sonny Fortune (tracks A3,B2)
Electric Bass – Larry Ridley (track A3)
Soprano Saxophone – Sonny Fortune (tracks B1,B4)
Electric Bass – L. Ridley (track B2)
Acoustic Bass – Larry Ridley
Congas, Percussion – Errol ‘Crusher’ Bennett Drums – Grady Tate
Piano, Electric Piano, Clavinet, Synthesizer [String Synthesizer], Arranged By – Onaje Allan Gumbs


Strata-East ‎– SES-19759 (US)

Recorded June 9, 10, 11 and 30, 1975 at Generation Sound Studios, New York City