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Ron Davis: My Mother's Father's Song

Read "My Mother's Father's Song" reviewed by Alain Londes

Digging deep into a family's history and heritage can reveal a goldmine of inspirational nuggets. This is exactly what Toronto-based pianist Ron Davis set out to do in his first all-trio recording, My Mother's Father's Song. His music has always drawn on the classical, swing and post-bop traditions of Art Tatum and Thelonious Monk. In this case there is also a strong embrace of his Polish heritage.My Mother's Father's Song is a very poignant and personal project, especially ...

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Ron Davis: Subarashii Live

Read "Subarashii Live" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Pianist Ron Davis is a player with many strengths. He is not afraid to pull several influences into his compositions and enrich them. He plays with a compelling passion, his journey marked by reflection as well as by abandon. He brings it all together, working in close harmony with his band to create an impressive musical palette.

Subarashii means great in Japanese and that is precisely what Davis says he felt after a tour of Japan. Back in ...

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Ron Davis Trio: Mungle Music

Read "Mungle Music" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Having Art Tatum as an influence has been an apparently positive on Ron Davis. The man who is a poet, short story writer, a Ph.D. in French Linguistics, and a once-upon-a-time lawyer, in no particular order, made his professional debut (and first record) as a musician in 1970. He now takes a bow with this third, a tight trio date.

Davis’ compositions show his flair for melodic writing. The other tunes he chooses to round out this ...

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Ron Davis with Drew Birston: Solo Duo Trio

Read "Solo Duo Trio" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Ron Davis is a dinosaur in this day and age of high specialization and narrow cultural aspirations, in that he is a Renaissance Man. In addition to pursuing his favorite career, jazz piano, and performing regularly in the Toronto area, he also is a published poet and short story writer. He also practices law part time and teaches. His Renaissance disposition has found its way into an eclectic play list and the variety of combinations he has set himself up ...


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