Ronnie Boykins: The Will Come, Is Now


The Will Come, Is Now



The Will Come, Is Now (ESP-Disk 3026)

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Ronnie Boykins (bass), Joe Ferguson (soprano sax, tenor sax),

Monty Waters (alto & soprano saxophones), James Vass (alto & tenor saxophones, flute), Daoud Haroom (trombone), Art Lewis (percussion), George Avaloz (congas)


Recorded: 1975


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

Built upon a haunting, circular bass figure, “The Will Come, Is Now” is a loosely played piece that thanks to the percussion, offers an intriguing African vibe. The former Arkestra bassist doesn’t make the piece as chaotic, unpredictable or atonal as Sun Ra was apt to do, but the same spirituality and feeling of freedom is there.

Following an interesting horn arrangement where the trombone plays counterpoint to the reeds, each of the front line players take turns providing spirited solos: Vass’ alto, Waters’ soprano, Fuguson’s tenor and then, Haroom’s trombone. Boykins’ arco solo shows off his unique abilities to make his bowed bass approximate the sound of the trombone that came immediately before him.

“The Will Come, Is Now” is a rare recording with Boykins in the lead role. As evidenced by this track, it’s a role this innovative bass player has played far too infrequently.

Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron

Composed by Ronnie Boykins


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