Ron Kalina And Jim Self | The Odd Couple

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The Odd Couple

by Ron Kalina And Jim Self

Harmonica and Tuba -- straight-ahead jazz
Genre: Jazz: Mainstream Jazz
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1. No More Mr. Nice Guy Ron Kalina and Jim Self
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2. The Odd Couple Ron Kalina and Jim Self
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3. The Dolphin Ron Kalina and Jim Self
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4. Friends Again Ron Kalina and Jim Self
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5. Stolen Moments Ron Kalina and Jim Self
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6. To Monica Ron Kalina and Jim Self
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7. I'm All Smiles Ron Kalina and Jim Self
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8. Confirmation Ron Kalina and Jim Self
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9. Someone to Light Up My Life Ron Kalina and Jim Self
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10. You Must Believe in Spring Ron Kalina and Jim Self
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11. Donna Lee Ron Kalina and Jim Self
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Album Notes
In the early ‘80’s I was trying to find a sound that would complement the tuba in a jazz setting. I worked a gig on bass with the great pianist, Ron Kalina, who pulled out his harmonica and amazed me with the beauty of his playing. I said “that’s the sound” and called a rehearsal. It turned me on so much that, within a month, I made my first record, “Children at Play”. For 25 years it has remained an obscure but still-played jazz classic. Recently Ron came to me and said “let’s create that magic again”. His dear friend Judy Wolman joined us in producing this new set we call “The Odd Couple”. We enlisted the support of Larry Koonse, Tom Warrington and Joe La Barbera who are among the most recorded and respected jazz musicians in the world. Ron is one of my jazz heroes and I am blessed to have the chance to share the bandstand again with this giant of the harmonica. We are “The Odd Couple”… Jim Self

From Liner Notes by Don Heckman
What makes “The Odd Couple” special is not just the uniqueness of the tuba-harmonica instrumentation nor the duo’s long list of credits, it’s the joy, the enthusiasm and the commitment that they bring to the act of making music. This is an album in which spontaneity, interaction and inventiveness are the real measures of excellence.


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John Elliott

\"The Odd Couple\"
For many years, Jim Self\'s first album, \"Children At Play\" (also with Ron Kalina) has been one of my favorite jazz albums. Well, those children may have grown up a little, but it\'s still a great sound coming from a combination that you might not expect. I can\'t choose any track as \"the best\" - they all are! Be brave; give \"The Odd Couple\" a try. It might also be your first chance to hear Jim play the \"Fluba\". Oh, and a great rhythm section, too.

Skip Murphy

I just heard your disc on wAER a jazz station in upstate NY WOW can you swing. I haqve [layed harmonica for more tha 30 years and you are wonderful . Please let me know if you ever come east.For my money it's you and Tommy Riley. Thanks for the buzz_ Skip Murphy

Suezenne Fordham Chamber Jazz LA

This is a wonderful musical and somethig=ng a bit different... Love the way Ron bends the notes on the chromatic Harmonica se well, and can manipulate his choruses with ample dexterity without sacrificing musicality for the sake of splash. Really dig it, and when I have a few sheckles, I'll definitely BUY it!!!

Suezenne Fordham Chamber Jazz LA

The Odd Couple
Really fine and unusual instrumentation...sensitive playing, very the ideas of Self-Kalima...very witty, sophisticated. AND La Barbara in his cool understated way, [Bill's former drmmer]..Sigh...Suezenne Fordham