Basil By The Bay

by Cat's A Bear

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(Re: JazzWalk at the Paper Moon, 7-13-02)
"You guys played great last night. It all came together...the compositions, the playing and the mix. Tony played really well and his bass sound was excellent. The room sounded good too even with the glass wall behind you.

Nice gig
David"

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For too short of a time, the great pianist Basil Ronzitti joined forces with Cat's A Bear, performing Jazz and Latin standards as well as Cat's A Bear's original material. Recordings of this legendary pianist are rare, so it was fortunate to find these tracks in the archives, and it is with great pleasure that we present them to you.

Basil Ronzitti was one of the Eastern Great Lakes Region's most respected pianists and teachers, having taught many musical greats including pianist and author John Novello who has produced albums by Donna Summer and Taste of Honey, and released his own albums with the jazz fusion group Niacin. As Cat's A Bear's principle keyboard player, Ronzitti spiced their compositions with his ferocious and fluid style. Basil died in 2020. His incredible musicianship and humanity will be missed, but some small part is presented here to share with everyone.

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A fan speaks:

(Re: JazzWalk at the Paper Moon, 7-13-02)
"You guys played great last night. It all came together...the compositions, the playing and the mix. Tony played really well and his bass sound was excellent. The room sounded good too even with the glass wall behind you.

Nice gig
David"

credits

released January 16, 2021

Basil Ronzitti - Piano
Frank Singer - Guitar, Compositions
Joe Dorris - Drums
Tony Stefanelli - Bass
Nick "Tito" Ronzitti - Congas, Percussion
Phil Papotnik - Sax



Recorded Live at the Papermoon in Erie, PA. Tracks 1, 2 and 5 recorded July 22, 2000. Tracks 3 and 4 recorded July 13, 2002. Performances were part of the JazzErie Jazz Walks of the early 2000s. Thanks to Phil and Raven sound for the recording and the gear.

Five Covers from the two gigs are available for download at catsabear.com.

Produced by Frank Singer

Tony on Bass:
catsabear.bandcamp.com/album/the-tito-experience
catsabear.bandcamp.com/album/90s-lives-of-the-cats
catsabear.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-the-annex
catsabear.bandcamp.com/album/the-cycling-troll-sessions
catsabear.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-forward-hall-2004
catsabear.bandcamp.com/album/21st-century-cats

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Cat's A Bear Erie, Pennsylvania

Joe Dorris and Frank Singer joined forces in 1982 to create the original contemporary Jazz presented in this collection. Many amazing musicians have contributed to this 40+ year project, adding their voices to the fun while accepting the challenge of performing this high-level music. As we continue to make more, we hope you have as much fun listening as we did playing. Thank you for your support! ... more

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