By Mark Miller
Even before Claude Ranger disappeared in late 2000, his fate unknown, he
had attained legendary status among Canada’s jazz musicians as an
extraordinary drummer who repeatedly challenged the status quo on
bandstands in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.
uncompromising and charismatic, cigarette invariably tucked into the
left corner of his mouth, Ranger cut a compelling figure alongside
Canadian and American stars alike — Lenny Breau, Jane Bunnett, Sonny
Greenwich, Moe Koffman, P.J. Perry, Dewey Redman, Sonny Rollins, Don
Thompson and many others.
Claude Ranger: Canadian Jazz Legend
presents a sympathetic portrait of this remarkable musician and offers a
perceptive overview of the Canadian jazz scene during the 35 years in
which, by turns, his career flourished, faltered and flourished again....