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Ronnie Matthews

One of the most prestigious pianists of the past 40 years and yet one of those essential contributors to the puzzle of jazz history who has not received due recognition. It seems “Ronnie Mathews” would be more a household name than it is, for his lofty investment into jazz. According to the New York Daily News, “Ronnie Mathews (is) another stalwart figure who has yet to receive the proper recognition.” His years of touring and his many albums, both as leader and sideman, are overwhelming in number. Critics have showered accolaides upon his name and affectionately compare him to fellow pianists Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell, with a sprinkle of McCoy Tyner. Not that Ronnie ever imitated them, but rather, that he is in league with these jazz greats.

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