Bassist Ron McClure has a practical philosophy about what he does. Making music begins with doing your job," he says. It's nice if you can be a hot soloist, but do your job first and do it well." These are words that the bassist has lived by for over 40 years in the jazz music business. McClure has done everything from playing with saxophonists such as Charles Lloyd to being part of pop recordings by the Pointer Sisters and Blood, Sweat and Tears. In between he has played on countless jazz recordings, including 33 sessions and counting for SteepleChase, both as a leader (13 including his most recent release New Moon) and sideman, composed a large number of tunes and even played piano at a New York McDonald's! McClure appears at Birdland in February, 2010 for the reunion of celebrated '70s group Lookout Farm, working with saxophonist Dave Liebman, pianist Richie Beirach and drummer Jeff Williams.
AAJ Contributor Donald Elfman spoke with McClure about his history with The Fourth Way, Lookout Farm and Quest, his almost run-in with Miles Davis and his time in the '60s with Charles Lloyd's legendary quartet.
Check out Ron McClure: Lookout Farms and New Moons at AAJ today!