...a strong and assertive guitarist, becomes the invigorating focus of the quartet. His bold, bright colors are a tonic... and his physical involvement with his guitar is a visual stimulant.
L to R; (rear) Stanley Cowell, (front) Tony Purrone, Jimmy Heath, Percy Heath
In the midst of these excursions, Purrone combined Wes Montgomery lyricism with a bite and adventure that Pat Methany would applaud, just the right stylistic compliment to [Jimmy] Heath.
L to R; Stanley Cowell, Freddie Hubbard, Percy Heath, Jimmy Heath, Keith Copeland (partially hidden), Tony Purrone
Purrone enjoys as well a ferocious grasp of the language of jazz guitar. His melodic sense is unerring, often original and unpredictable... Purrone might even challenge the Bird.
L to R; Percy Heath, Jimmy Heath, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Purrone, Albert "Tootie" Heath
Guitarist Tony Purrone time and again elicited exclamations with a flow of dazzling single-note lines countered by long sequences of chords - a dynamic, almost intimidating technique that must have had guitarists in the audience mumbling to themselves.
L to R; Jimmy Heath, Tony Purrone, Tony Bennett, Ed Thigpen, Unknown
Purrone played at a furious rate whenever he soloed, with tons of ideas to back him up. He sawed his way into musical corners and sawed his way out again, often eliciting cries of surprise from the audience... Purrone’s passion peaked, sending his solos into the upper stratosphere time and again in beautifully controlled flares.
L to R; Mads Vinding, Ed Thigpen, Tony Purrone
Guitarist Tony Purrone proved to be a true steamroller of a soloist - possessor of a tone and approach that falls somewhere between Wes Montgomery and Tal Farlow, with plenty of licks that are all his own.
Guitarist Tony Purrone’s fiery-fingered wizardry brought the house down more than once.
L to R: Matt Criscuolo, Will Calhoun, Tony Purrone, Dave Anderson
Purrone was the most consistently valuable player on the Heath team. His solos were bright, fluent and fresh-sounding, and his accompaniment was always empathetic...