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The Enviable Genius of Ron Horton

Read "The Enviable Genius of Ron Horton" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

A founding member of the Jazz Composers Collective, Ron Horton is a trumpeter of outstsanding lyricism and versatility. This mixtape highlights the many facets of his work as a leader as well as a sideman for the likes of Ben Allison, Will Holshouser, Michael Blake, Andy Biskin, Allan Chase, Jane Ira Bloom and pianist Andrew Hill, for which he acted as Musical Director. Also featured is music from his work with The Herbie Nichols Project and the East Down Septet. ...

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Ron Horton: It's A Gadget World...

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Preferring tonal clarity and precise lines, trumpeter Ron Horton eschews the extended manipulations frequently associated with contemporary improvisers. But the warm resonance of his sound and the fluidity of his improvisations ensure that he's never stodgy, as evidenced on this fourth CD as a leader. While the title plays with the notion of preoccupation with the latest electronic toys, the music illustrates the enduring pliability and vibrancy of a taut acoustic quartet. Often minimal, the tunes have ...

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Ron Horton/Tim Horner Little Big Band Plays the Music of Andrew Hill in Teaneck, N. J.

Read "Ron Horton/Tim Horner Little Big Band Plays the Music of Andrew Hill in Teaneck, N. J." reviewed by Ralph A. Miriello

The Ron Horton/Tim Horner Little Big BandPlay the Music of Andrew HillThe Puffin Cultural ForumTeaneck, New JerseyAugust 29, 2009

It was a warm, overcast evening, within a few short miles of the George Washington Bridge, in suburban Teaneck, that offered the rare opportunity to make the trek to the Puffin Cultural Forum to listen to some innovative jazz from a newly-formed group. Trumpter/arranger Ron Horton and drummer Tim Horner's Little Big Band was scheduled to ...

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Ron Horton: Everything In A Dream

Read "Everything In A Dream" reviewed by Troy Collins

Like many of his peers, trumpeter/composer Ron Horton is conservatory-trained, with an equitable view of both the classic jazz tradition and the structural innovations of post-war free jazz. Epitomizing the new face of the creative mainstream, Horton is equal parts swinging hard bop stylist, modern classicist and exploratory avant gardist. All these facets appear on Everything In A Dream, Horton's most definitive statement as a leader--his third overall and second for the Fresh Sound label.

His previous album, ...

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Ron Horton: Subtextures

Read "Subtextures" reviewed by Peter Aaron

On Subtextures, Ron Horton's sophomore release as a leader, the trumpeter/fluegelhornist continues his striking, impressionistic approach of synthesizing the free-ranging, out sounds of modernity with the softer, melodic palette of chamber music, a vision he unveiled to the jazz world's delight on 1999's Genius Envy (OmniTone). Horton's racked up some excellent experience over the course of his nearly 30-year career, playing with legendary composer/pianist Andrew Hill, as well as in the Jazz Composers Collective, a vital New ...

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Ron Horton: Subtextures

Read "Subtextures" reviewed by Sean Patrick Fitzell

Trumpeter Ron Horton established a reputation as a player’s player—able to hear, and provide, whatever the music needed—through his gigs with pianist Andrew Hill, saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom and the many faces of the Jazz Composers Collective. Subtextures, his second CD as a leader, highlights his considerable talents as a composer and arranger. With the support of long time musical cohorts—pianist Frank Kimbrough and the busy rhythm team of bassist Ben Allison and drummer Matt Wilson—Horton’s cleanly phrased trumpet confidently ...

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Ron Horton: Subtextures

Read "Subtextures" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Trumpeter/flugelhornist Ron Horton came onto my radar—floating on a cloud, it seemed—on Andrew Hill's Dusk (Palmetto, 2000). His solo on that disc's stunningly beautiful title track drifted and roiled with a understated, dreamy poetic grace, a song within a song, a personalized expansion of Hill's theme. The approach on Subtextures is much the same.The recording opens with an Andrew Hill composition, “Cantarnos," and includes four Horton originals; a Chopin piece; pianist Frank Kimbrough's “Rumors"; and Horton's take on ...


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