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Somewhere around 1900, Eleazar Thomas migrated from Wales to settle in the coal-mining community of Dickson City, Pennsylvania where he met his wife Martha and had four children: Mary, Benjamin Llywellen, David Wesley, and, my father, “Buddy” (Arja Worthington) born in 1917. Buddy’s two older brothers, Ben and Wesley, had each begun to work in the mines at the age of nine but Martha refused to allow Buddy, her youngest son, to join them, or so goes the official family story. Martha took her children to her sister’s boarding house in Newark, New Jersey; Eleazar joined them sometime later

Rio Crystal

Label: Vectordisc Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Rio Crystal; This Heart; Junior; Lovesick; Motion Potion; Wakin' Up; YBB; Soul Mates.

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Rio Crystal

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Label: Vectordisc Records
Released: 2021
Duration: 04:37

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Paul Colombo Group: Rio Crystal

Read "Rio Crystal" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Paul Colombo's debut, Rio Crystal, comes about because his fellow guitarist, Pat Martino, released an album called Pat Martino/Live! (Muse Records, 1972). When Colombo heard Martino's sound, the then fifteen year old aspiring musician's path to jazz artistry came into focus. The keyboardist on Martino's 1972 LP was Ron Thomas, who played Fender Rhodes ...

Primary Colors

Label: acoustical concepts
Released: 2020
Track listing: Final Dawn; Lady; Yesterdays; A Time For Love; Origins of Rude; Return; Secret Love.

Scenes From A Voyage To Arcturus

Label: Vectordisc Records
Released: 2001
Track listing: Chrystalman's County; The Starkness Observatory And The Night Departure; Joiwind; Backhouse The Medium At Prolands, The Hempstead; The Apparition; Muspel; Gazing Over Towards Barey; The Music Of Swaylone's Island; The Murder Of Spadevil And Tydomin; The Lusion Plain; Tydomin; Panawe, The Husband of Joiwind; The Muspel Stream, Chrystalman's Food; Arcturus.'

Shining A Light On Pianist Ron Thomas

Read "Shining A Light On Pianist Ron Thomas" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist / composer Ron Thomas (b. 1942), was introduced to the piano by his father, Buddy, a self-taught player who learned the art of the ivories by analyzing piano roll performances. Ron was, according to his biography, three or four years old at the time. Those early lessons took root, and then along came Marilyn Monroe. ...

ARTICLE: REASSESSING

Scenes From A Voyage To Arcturus

Read "Scenes From A Voyage To Arcturus" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Scottish writer David Lindsay published his A Voyage To Arcturus in 1920. It is said to have influenced everyone from C.S. Lewis in the writing of his Space Trilogy to J.R.R. Tolkien to Clive Barker. The story concerns a character Muskull and his fantastical journey across the planet Tormance that orbits the star Arcturus. And while ...

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Origins of Rude

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Label: acoustical concepts
Released: 2020
Duration: 04:32

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

John Vanore: Primary Colors

Read "Primary Colors" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

This beautiful duet set recorded by trumpeter John Vanore and pianist Ron Thomas serves as a showcase for auspicious beginnings, for both artists. The music for Primary Colors was recorded in 1984-85. Both of the players evolved into higher profiles, finding their individual places in jazz in the twenty-first century--Vanore with, mostly, his large ensemble writing, ...


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