Ronnie Mathews: doin’ the thang! (1963) Prestige


Selection: The Orient


Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) Charles Davis (baritone sax) Ronnie Mathews (piano) Eddie Khan (bass) Albert Heath (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 17, 1963, the week running up to Christmas.

10 thoughts on “Ronnie Mathews: doin’ the thang! (1963) Prestige

  1. I just took a chance with an original rated NM to VG+++, whatever that means. It’s always a gamble, even if you can see the record in person. I can’t count the number of times a record looked NM until a cleaning removed a layer of grime that covered all the scratches. But it’s such a good session, it’s worth the risk.

  2. Great record! I picked up a reissue of this not too long ago but would love to find an original. The playing shines through the “cd pretending to be an lp” sound of my copy. I grew up musically with the Woody Shaw/ Louis Hayes group with Ronnie and Stafford James, nice version of “let’s get down” on Dexter Gordon’s Homecoming lp.

    • Love that LP – Homecoming. Very slept-on classic in my opinion. Some of Shaw’s fireworks on display.

  3. Mathews did a couple of really nice dates for the great and under-appreciated Beehive Records label in the late 70s/early 80s. Mosaic recently released a complete Beehive discography which will surely build interest in the records, but still pretty cheap as is most 70s stuff (that isn’t Strata East or Black Jazz). Highly recommend:

    • The posted LP has always eluded me, even on CD. Great to hear a sample cut. The talent here is too high not to make good. Thanks for posting.

  4. I don’t know why this didn’t strike me before, but “thang?”
    …even horace silver silver only did the “thing”.

  5. I agree this is a great session,maybe not so little known anymore… I tried to get a couple of earlier pressings on ebay recently, but both went for more than I wanted to spend. I had the pleasure of seeing Charles Davis live with the Sun Ra Arkestra earlier this year.

  6. charles davis played on “the straight horn of steve lacy” on candid, and while i’m not much of a lacy fan, davis MAKES that date.

  7. Yep, this is a great little LP that few people know. My copy is the stereo pressing with the black and silver fireworks label. Hubbard is on fire and Davis is a distinctive player but I bought it because of Mathews. He’s an interesting composer and I enjoyed his work with Roy Haynes, so picking up this one was a no-brainer.

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