"Pink Cloud found Ron McClure in a quartet setting. That quartet has expanded to a sextet reminiscent of those great Jazz Messengers incarnations with Wayne Shorter, Curtis Fuller, and Lee Morgan respectively providing the reed and brass components to the traditional rhythm section. The performance on Double Triangle smacks of an empathetic cohesion between band members. Ron McClure leads his band of merry men in pure ensemble playing. The ubiquitous Tim Hagans joins McClure on Trumpet and Flugelhorn, making his presence felt on all tunes. Billy Hart provides a polyrhythmic bedrock supporting the rest of the rhythm section, thereby supporting the soloists. This music is decidedly Hard Bop in nature, executed with a comfortable certainty. Double Triangle ... validate the direction of Naxos Jazz by proving that the budget jazz label can hold on to the talent they have nurtured. With artist dedication like this and with consistently fine music like these two discs, Naxos Jazz steps into the new century with a sure footing."
"McClure gives his originals and arrangements a cool-school surface while guiding his sextet into deeper improv waters with help from drummer Billy Hart. Ron also allows himself space for meditative, deep-hued solos, and indulges in some tasty Oscar Pettiford/Lucky Thompson-style unison bopping on "April in Nimes"
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