Ah, a CD you can leave in the player and listen to over and over again.
Tremendous big band and small band arrangements of some of the greatest standards ever written, as well as a new original Bossa.
If you dig Nat King Cole's "After Midnight Sessions," or anything Sinatra did for Capitol in the 50's, you are going to love this record.
Top notch New York City musicians, in a beautifully recorded and arranged musical environment.
Has a real authentic feel to it, sonically akin to Billie Holiday's Decca Recordings, only now you can hear the rhythm section as well as the vocals and horns.
All in all, a masterfully made record which, by the way, was mastered by Gene Paul, son of Les Paul, former staff engineer at Atlantic.
Ron Sunshine handles the vocals with ease and style, especially impressive on the slower and medium tempo tunes, which many singers of his generation would not even attempt.
Tim Ouimette's horn arrnagements are beautiful beyond words.
Pianist Rick Germanson turns in a performance worthy of the great Oscar Peterson.
The perfect make-out record.
Plus, the cover should be framed and hung on your wall.
If this doesn't leave you in a romantic mood, better check your pulse.
The bottom line is the music, and if any band swings harder, more naturally or with more genuine, unpretentious savoir faire than Ron Sunshine & Full Swing, I haven't heard it yet.
--Lee Jeske of BILLBOARD, THE NEW YORK TIMES, ROLLING STONE, etc.
Move over Voodoo Daddy, now there's something hipper. Local swing fans, pat yourself on the back and say, "I've known about Ron Sunshine for years." For those only recently tuned into the revival, you're just in time to see Sunshine come full swing from the dirty days at Tramps to the sleek'n'chic dinner dancing joint, the Supper Club.
--Robin Rothman of THE VILLAGE VOICE (6/29/99)
One of the leaders in the millennium blues movement. Along with Robert Cray, Johnny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Blues Traveler, Sy Klopps Band, Ron Sunshine and Buddy Guy, Pete Special will be laying down the future of the classic American music in the years to come.
--Dan Aykroyd, Host of THE HOUSE OF BLUES RADIO HOUR
"Straight Up" is that rare breed of album--a disc that left me slack-jawed with wonder at its quality, integrity, and musicianship from start to finish. Ron Sunshine & Full Swing are a much needed breath of fresh air.
--Julio Diaz of Ink 19 (national, September 1999)
All in all, possibly the best album yet by a neo-swing band.
--Steve Holtje of CDNOW.COM (reviewing "Straight Up" by Ron Sunshine & Full Swing)
Ron Sunshine is a star! Vegas doesn't know what it's missing.
-Kerry Burke of NEW YORK.CITYSEARCH.COM
Take Ron Sunshine & Full Swing, a New-York-based swing band. Sunshine's marquee tune, "Enough For You," is the most popular swing selection on the MP3.com site. "I think it's definitely helped quite a lot, especially with the younger people," Sunshine said. "I get thousands of emails from kids who say they heard our song on the Internet."
--Ron Harris of ASSOCIATED PRESS (story ran internationally)
Ron Sunshine Info:
Born in Denver, CO; moved to NYC in 1981
Graduated from Columbia University in 1985 with a BA in American Literature and History
Started playing music professionally in 1988
"Pick it Up" Ron Sunshine & the Smoking Section, featuring Dr. John and the P-Funk Horns (Golden Bug Records) 1994 funk, R&B, blues, re-released in France in 1996 on XIII Bis Records
"Sumpin Jumpin" (cassette only) Ron Sunshine & Full Swing (Golden Bug Records) 1994 swing, jump
"Straight Up" Ron Sunshine & Full Swing (Daddy-O/BMG) 1998 swing, jump, jazz, re-released in 2000 on Golden Bug records
"Soul Drug" Ron Sunshine (Golden Bug Records) 1998 funk, soul, rock
"Candy" Ron Sunshine (Golden Bug Records) 2001 jazz standards, big band
Compilation CDs (featured on):
"PB Swing" (Pottery Barn) also featuring Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, Louis Jordan, Count Basie Orchestra, and others. (Rock River) 1998
"Hipsters Zoots & Wingtips" also featuring Diana Krall, Brian Setzer, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Lavay Smith, others. (Hip-O Records/Universal Music) 1998
"Christmas With a Kick" (Restoration Hardware) also featuring Lou Rawls, Peggy Lee, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Kurt Elling, Squirrel Nut Zippers, and others. (Rock River) 1998
"The Gavin Holiday Sampler" also featuring Etta James, Chicago, Martina McBride, and others. 1998
"New York City Swing" also featuring The Camaros, Jet Set Six. (Lo-Fi Records) 1997
Hardkiss "God Within" (Columbia/Sony Records) 1999, harmonica
Oren Bloedow "Luckiest Boy in the World" (Knitting Factory Records) 1997, harmonica. also features Medeski, Martin & Wood
Jono Manson "Almost Home" (A&M Records) 1995, backing vocals
Pinetop Perkins "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie" (Pipeliner Records) 1992, harmonica
CNN (Newsstand)--Willow Bay interviews Ron in his home for a story about music on the internet, also featuring MC Hammer, Chuck D. Also aired on Delta in-flight entertainment. February 1999.
BET (Jazz Central)--Ron and band are featured in a one-hour concert and interview show hosted by jazz great Ramsey Lewis. January 2000
Fox Channel 5, NYC--Ron and band are featured in a segment about swing dance and music on "Good Day, New York." May 1998
Also seen on German, Brazilian, Japanese, Swedish TV, and the BBC at various times.
Many local TV appearances in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania.
House Of Blues Radio Hour (hosted by Dan Aykroyd as Elwood Blues) featured several times, including best-of-year awards. Nationally syndicated on major commercial stations.
The Rhythm Review (hosted by Felix Hernandez) Nationally sydicated R&B/Soul show.
WPLJ FM, New York (Scott & Todd in the Morning) Ron has appeared live in the studio.
Hundreds of other stations in the US and overseas have played Ron's music.
Books (featured in):
Music Hound Swing, the Essential Album Guide, edited by Steve Knopper ©1999 Visible Ink Press. A 450-page comprehensive, photo-packed jazz album guide with biographical essays of everyone from Louis Armstrong to Lester Young (and Ron Sunshine).
Mister Satan's Apprentice, a Blues Memoir by Adam Gussow ©1998 Pantheon Books
The Swing Book by Degen Pener ©1999 Little, Brown & Co. A complete guide to swing music, dance and fashion from the 1930s to today.
This Joint is Jumpin', An Illustrated History of Swing by Tanja Crouch ©2000 TV Books
Starred in, narrated, played harmonica in a Foot Locker in-store commercial. 1999