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Alan looked thoughtful for a moment. “The fact is,” he said, “that The Jazz Centre hasn’t yet done anything specific to honour Ronnie. And —whether he believed it or not— he was one of Britain’s greatest ever musicians and a huge influence on me!”. He reached behind him again and produced a spotless vinyl 12” LP. “This is one of my proudest achievements,” he said. “ An album with Ronnie and me. Recorded for a BBC Jazz Club broadcast at the Paris Theatre, Lower Regent Street back in 1966, shortly before my twenty-fourth birthday. Gearbox Records discovered the tapes five years ago at the British Library and put it out with a fine liner-note by Simon Spillett. See that rhythm section: Gordon Beck, piano, Jeff Clyne, bass and Johnny Butts drums. What a line-up! I was twenty-three at the time and Ronnie was one of my absolute heroes. We did quite a few gigs around the UK including the Royal Festival Hall opposite the Thelonious Monk Quartet. The quintet only lasted a few months but this album —and this music— means the world to me. So might we make an exhibit of the two things at The Jazz Centre UK?”. “Of course, we would, I said”. We have done and next time you come to The Jazz Centre UK you can see it too.