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Jimmy Ponder • Come On Down

An excellent guitarist, and sometimes vocalist, with a soulful sound and the ability to uplift any funky jazz date, Pittsburgh native Jimmy Ponder has appeared on many recordings during his long career, over 80 as a sideman and 15 as a leader. Ponder, a self taught musician, began playing guitar when he was 14 and considers Wes Montgomery and Kenny Burrell to be his two main early influences and Thornel Schwartz later on. After hearing Montgomery, he would abandon the use of a pick and, like his mentor, play with his thumb. Offered a job with Charles Earland after having only played guitar three years, Ponder waited until he graduated from high school and then spent three years with the organist's group, recording several dates with Earland. He worked and recording with Lou Donaldson, Houston Person, Donald Byrd, Stanley Turrentine and Jimmy McGriff and in the early 1970's moved to New York (from Philadelphia), leading his own groups. Ponder has since recorded as a leader in the 1970's for Cadet, ABC/Impulse, TK, CBS and Toshiba, in the 80's for Milestone and in the 90's for Muse and his current label HighNote. Ponder currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA. ~ All About Jazz.

Editorial Review
Ponder is an undervalued modern jazz guitarist who has command over all the nuances and shadings of blues. This 1990 session is festooned with intelligent and decidedly bluesy contributions from saxophonist Houston Person, organist Lonnie Smith, and drummer Winard Harper. The ten-minute title track is a Vesuvius of Hammond lava, molten guitar bends, spewed tenor ash, and hot percussion magma. ~ Frank John Hadley 1993 -- From Grove Press Guide to Blues on CD

1. Uncle Steve {Jimmy Ponder} (5:49)
2. Ebb Tide {Robert Maxwell, Carl Sigman} (3:22)
3. Secret Love {Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster} (5:33)
4. Barbara {Horace Silver} (6:32)
5. Come On Down {Jimmy Ponder} (10:10)
6. A Subtle One {Stanley Turrentine} (5:59)
7. A Tribute To A Rose {Jimmy Ponder} (2:16)
8. Fats {Dean Alston} (4:58)

Jimmy Ponder - Guitar
Houston Person - Tenor Saxophone
Dr. Lonnie Smith - Organ
Winard Harper - Drums
Sammy Figueroa - Conga, Percussion

Label: Muse Records
Released: 1991
Genre: Jazz
Total Time: 44:19

Recorded 27th September, 1990 At Van Gelder Recording Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

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