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Ronald Muldrow Leader Discography

by Michael Weil

Page generated on 05.09.2021

First published September 2021

Ronald Stephen Muldrow was born February 2, 1949 in Chicago, and started playing guitar and forming bands in school. He later earned a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies from Roosevelt University in Illinois and a master’s degree in studio and jazz guitar from USC. His first important engagement was with the Staple Singers, but his career really started on a national level after he joined Eddie Harris' group and recorded for the first time with Harris in 1970, for the Atlantic LP "Instant Death". Muldrow can be heard on ten of Harris' LPs with music recorded in the 1980's. From 1981 to 1990 he obviously did not make any recordings, but the opportunity to release a first album as a leader came in 1991 when he toured Europe with Maceo Parker and liked the interplay with his rhythm section mates (Larry Goldings and Jimmy Madison) so much that he suggested they record a trio album. German promoter Horst Lipmann liked the results and issued the album on his L+R label. His next two albums were released on another German label, ENJA, that had recorded the Eddie Harris Funk Project, of which Muldrow was a member.

Muldrow made a living performing more in funk than in jazz groups, but produced three more jazz albums on his own with excellent sidemen and even founded his own label to release them (they are still available as downloads on several major platforms).

Muldrow was found dead in his Los Angeles appartment on January 31, 2007, only a few days before his 58th birthday.

The most important influence on his guitar playing was Wes Montgomery, whom he heard as a boy. Traces of Grant Green's style can also be detected. But all of this was combined with an overall influence of Eddie Harris, whom he regarded as his musical teacher. Like those of his bandleader of almost twenty years Muldrow's compositions show a thorough knowledge of modern jazz compositional styles and harmonic concepts, often with obvious references even in the titles, but he formed all of this into a style of his own, with clear structures in his tunes as well as his improvisations, and his ability to raise his solos to fascinating climaxes. He is a musician to be remembered among the many excellent practitioners of modern jazz.

An expanded version of this discography to include his sideman dates is in preparation.

Sources:

Date: Spring 1991
Location: probably Berlin, Germany
Label: L + R (G)
Ronald Muldrow Trio

Ronald Muldrow (ldr), Ronald Muldrow (g), Larry Goldings (org), Jimmy Madison (d)

a. Quasimodal - 6:37(Ronald Muldrow)
b. Deaceleration - 6:45(Eddie Harris)
c. Soleshia - 8:50(Ronald Muldrow)
d. Georgia Ann - 1:19(Ronald Muldrow)
e. Gnowing You - 8:24(Ronald Muldrow)
f. Polka Dots And Moonbeams - 8:52(Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
g. A Little Wes - 6:43(Ronald Muldrow)
Joh-muir Records CD3544 — The Best of Ronald Muldrow
Panda Digital CD? — The Best Of Ronald Muldrow
All titles on:
L + R (G) CDCDLR 45047 — Gnowing You

This album was recorded during a Maceo Parker Roots Revisited tour in spring 1991; the three musicians were the rhythm section of that group.


Date: December 28-29, 1992
Location: Soundworks Studio, Milwaukee, WI
Label: Enja
Ronald Muldrow Trio

Ronald Muldrow (ldr), Ronald Muldrow (g), Melvin Rhyne (org), Victor Campbell (d)

a. Sham Time - 7:16(Eddie Harris)
Enja CDCD 8020-2 — Yesterdays
Solid Records (Japan) CDCDSOL-46480 — Yesterdays
b. Yesterdays - 10:57(Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach)
Enja CDCD 8020-2 — Yesterdays
Solid Records (Japan) CDCDSOL-46480 — Yesterdays
c. Swedish Schnapps - 6:18(Charlie Parker)
Enja CDCD 8020-2 — Yesterdays
Solid Records (Japan) CDCDSOL-46480 — Yesterdays
d. My One And Only Love - 3:07(Guy Wood, Robert Mellin)
Enja CDCD 8020-2 — Yesterdays
Solid Records (Japan) CDCDSOL-46480 — Yesterdays
e. Besame Mucho - 12:27(Consuelo Velázquez, Sunny Skylar)
Enja CDCD 8020-2 — Yesterdays
Joh-muir Records CD3544 — The Best of Ronald Muldrow
Panda Digital CD? — The Best Of Ronald Muldrow
Solid Records (Japan) CDCDSOL-46480 — Yesterdays
f. Love For Sale - 9:30(Cole Porter)
Enja CDCD 8020-2 — Yesterdays
Solid Records (Japan) CDCDSOL-46480 — Yesterdays
g. Groovin' High - 4:16(Dizzy Gillespie)
Enja CDCD 8020-2 — Yesterdays
Solid Records (Japan) CDCDSOL-46480 — Yesterdays
h. Walkin' My Baby Back Home - 5:38(Roy Turk, Fred E. Ahlert)
Enja CDCD 8020-2 — Yesterdays
Solid Records (Japan) CDCDSOL-46480 — Yesterdays
i. The Nearness Of You - 7:10(Hoagy Carmichael, Ned Washington)
Joh-muir Records CD3544 — The Best of Ronald Muldrow
Panda Digital CD? — The Best Of Ronald Muldrow

Melvin Rhyne (org) on a-c, e-i; Victor Campbell (d) on a-c, e-i.

The Nearness Of You was released only of the "Best Of" CD.


Date: August 29, 1993
Location: Sear Sound Studios, New York City
Label: Enja
Ronald Muldrow Quartet

Ronald Muldrow (ldr), Ronald Muldrow (g), Mulgrew Miller (p), Peter Washington (b), Yoron Israel (d)

a. Diaspora - 7:40(Ronald Muldrow)
Joh-muir Records CD3544 — The Best of Ronald Muldrow
Panda Digital CD? — The Best Of Ronald Muldrow
b. Twai-Like - 6:26(Ronald Muldrow)
Joh-muir Records CD3544 — The Best of Ronald Muldrow
Panda Digital CD? — The Best Of Ronald Muldrow
c. Stella By Starlight - 8:39(Victor Young, Ned Washington)
d. I Want To Talk About You - 9:03(Billy Eckstine)
e. A Minor Mention - 6:59(Ronald Muldrow)
f. Senzeni - 5:09(Ronald Muldrow)
g. Harris Me - 7:23(Ronald Muldrow)
h. If I Knew - 4:28(Ronald Muldrow)
i. Hittin' The Jug - 6:26(Gene Ammons)
j. Ambidextrous - 4:59(Eddie Harris)
k. A Child Is Born - 7:44(Thad Jones, Alec Wilder)
All titles on:
Enja CDCD 8086-2 — Diaspora

Date: December 12, 1994
Location: Systems Two Recoding Studios, New York City
Label: Kokopelli
Ronald Muldrow Quintet

Ronald Muldrow (ldr), Steve Nelson (vib), Ronald Muldrow (g), James Williams (p), Peter Washington (b), Yoron Israel (d), Kendrick Gueno (cga)

a. On The Fritz - 6:36(Ronald Muldrow)
b. Facing Wes - 4:50(Ronald Muldrow)
Joh-muir Records CD3544 — The Best of Ronald Muldrow
Panda Digital CD? — The Best Of Ronald Muldrow
c. Andrea - 7:20(Ronald Muldrow)
Joh-muir Records CD3544 — The Best of Ronald Muldrow
Panda Digital CD? — The Best Of Ronald Muldrow
d. Granite Green - 8:03(Ronald Muldrow)
e. Oliver's Moments - 10:12(Ronald Muldrow)
Joh-muir Records CD3544 — The Best of Ronald Muldrow
Panda Digital CD? — The Best Of Ronald Muldrow
f. Our Day Will Come - 7:17(Bob Hilliard, Mort Garson)
Joh-muir Records CD3544 — The Best of Ronald Muldrow
Panda Digital CD? — The Best Of Ronald Muldrow
g. Minus Mingus - 8:45(Ronald Muldrow)
Joh-muir Records CD3544 — The Best of Ronald Muldrow
Panda Digital CD? — The Best Of Ronald Muldrow
h. Cryin' Blues - 5:25(Eddie Harris)
i. Three Quarter Miles - 8:58(Eddie Harris)
Joh-muir Records CD3544 — The Best of Ronald Muldrow
Panda Digital CD? — The Best Of Ronald Muldrow
j. Little White Lies - 5:45(Walter Donaldson)
All titles on:
Kokopelli CDKOKO 1311 — Facing Wes

Kendrick Gueno (cga) on b.


Date: June 18, 1998
Location: Mad Hatter Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Label: Double Time
Ronald Muldrow Quintet

Ronald Muldrow (ldr), Miller Pertum (vib), Ronald Muldrow (g), Mulgrew Miller (p), Peter Washington (b), Lorca Hart, Yoron Israel (d)

a. Freedom's Serenade - 6:32(Ronald Muldrow)
Joh-muir Records CD3544 — The Best of Ronald Muldrow
Panda Digital CD? — The Best Of Ronald Muldrow
b. Basic Traneing - 9:51(Ronald Muldrow)
Joh-muir Records CD3544 — The Best of Ronald Muldrow
Panda Digital CD? — The Best Of Ronald Muldrow
c. Vitreousity - 6:12(Ronald Muldrow)
Double Time CD? — Sampler CD #2
Joh-muir Records CD3544 — The Best of Ronald Muldrow
Panda Digital CD? — The Best Of Ronald Muldrow
d. Point Set On Ahmad - 8:24(Ronald Muldrow)
Joh-muir Records CD3544 — The Best of Ronald Muldrow
Panda Digital CD? — The Best Of Ronald Muldrow
e. In Walked Monk - 9:30(Ronald Muldrow)
Joh-muir Records CD3544 — The Best of Ronald Muldrow
Panda Digital CD? — The Best Of Ronald Muldrow
f. Blue Bossa - 8:57(Kenny Dorham)
Joh-muir Records CD3544 — The Best of Ronald Muldrow
Panda Digital CD? — The Best Of Ronald Muldrow
g. Ysatou - 5:57(Ronald Muldrow)
Joh-muir Records CD3544 — The Best of Ronald Muldrow
Panda Digital CD? — The Best Of Ronald Muldrow
h. At Last - 5:02(Harry Warren, Henry Glover, Mack Gordon)
i. Boogie Woogie Bossa Nova - 5:47(Eddie Harris)
Joh-muir Records CD3544 — The Best of Ronald Muldrow
Panda Digital CD? — The Best Of Ronald Muldrow
j. Unxochible - 7:20(Ronald Muldrow)
Joh-muir Records CD3544 — The Best of Ronald Muldrow
Panda Digital CD? — The Best Of Ronald Muldrow
All titles on:
Double Time CDDTRCD-159 — Freedom's Serenade

The credits do not specify which drummer played on specific tracks.
The Sampler CD probably features an edited version.


Date: June 1998 to March 2002
Location: Mad Hatter Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Label: Joh-Bev Records
Ronald Muldrow Group

Ronald Muldrow (ldr), Miller Pertum (vib), Ronald Muldrow (g), Mulgrew Miller (p), Peter Washington (b), Yoron Israel (d)

a. Seven Come Eleven(Charlie Christian, Benny Goodman)
b. Freedom Jazz Dance - 10:05(Eddie Harris)
c. Jake's Dance - 4:29(Ronald Muldrow)
d. A Judge For Me - 5:35(Ronald Muldrow)
e. Memories Of You - 6:26(Eubie Blake, Andy Razaf)
f. Mapenzi - 4:54(Harold Land)
g. Intrepidation - 7:55(Ronald Muldrow)
h. Silver's Lament - 6:46(Ronald Muldrow)
i. Samba De Africano - 3:56(Ronald Muldrow)
j. Killer Miller - 3:33(Ronald Muldrow)
k. Soleshia - 6:38(Ronald Muldrow)
l. The Shorter End - 5:22(Ronald Muldrow)
m. Close Enough For Love - 4:43(Johnny Mandel, Paul Williams)
n. Steps Up - 3:20(Eddie Harris)
o. Yesterday's Tomorrow - 2:26(Ronald Muldrow)
All titles on:
Joh-Bev Records CD? — Mapenzi

a, b performed as medley.

The credits do not specify which tracks were recorded at the earliest session in June, 1998 (these probably were the sessions for the album Freedom's Serenade) and which were recorded at later sessions until March, 2002 in a different studio (The Bakery, North Hollywood, CA). Some of the composer credits are speculative.


Sessions Reported: 6

Performances Reported: 62

Unique Songs Reported: 61

Unique Issues Reported: 10