RIGHT DOWN FRONT
Ron Hudson/Jazz Images
From Monterey to Montreux, Ron Hudson photographed jazz legends with an eye so keen that you can almost hear the music.
His images are at once historical, intimate, and revealing.
With an ear for music and eye for expression, Hudson captures all the excitement of live performance on film-a word that in the digital point-and-shoot age might give you pause.
In Right Down Front, Hudson shares his memories of precious times in the company of great artists from Count Basie to Eldar Dangirov. And includes f stops and aperture settings-what he calls "geek notes"-for anyone still technically inclined.
The whole package is unique.
Right Down Front is a treasure because what Hudson saw and heard and photographed is the heart and soul of jazz.
Signed, first editions of the 144-page hardcover coffee table book with introduction by jazz historian Dr. Herb Wong are available now from Jazzpress, Seattle. $45.00 (plus shipping and handling).
Here's what jazz artists, critics, and fans say about Ron Hudson's Right Down Front:
"As Coltrane was to the tenor, Miles to the trumpet, Rich to the drums, Brubeck to the piano, Ella to the voice, Ron Hudson is to the camera."
-Michael Chatfield, Carmel magazine Fall 2007<
"This book is hip."
- Kurt Elling
"Thanks for capturing history."
- Christian McBride
"...a sterling collection..."
-Wallace Baine, Santa Cruz Sentinel
"Ron Hudson's magic is that he somehow knows when the essential moment is about to happen and has the rare combination of instinct, timing, and technical skill to capture it."
- Doug Ramsey, Take Five: The Public & Private Lives of Paul Desmond
"We writers often get so lost in the sound of jazz - and in looking for words to describe it - thank goodness for Hudson...for documenting the look of the music in the moment of it's creation."
- Paul de Barros, Down Beat/Seattle Times
"This collection is an amazing journey in contemporary jazz history."
-Katy Bourne, All About Jazz
"Ron Hudson's images bring you face-to-face with the intimacy and intensity of jazz at the moment of creation."
-Jim Wilke, Jazz After Hours, PRI
"His gift as a photographer, capturing musicians at the perfect moment, is unsurpassed. Thousands of (our) customers have marveled at his artistry. He is truly a giant."
- John Dimitriou, President Jazz Alley