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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

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.'

Primary Colors

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

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 ...

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, ...

Duo

Label: Vectordisc Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Black Orpheus; Young and Foolish; Stella By Starlight; Here’s that Rainy Day; My Foolish Heart; Once I Loved; F Minor; Invitation.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ron Thomas / Paul Klinefelter: Duo

Read "Duo" reviewed by Budd Kopman

One of the wonderful things about jazz is that it can be appreciated from more than one angle, oftentimes simultaneously: pure entertainment, art as entertainment, art as beauty and art as intellect among others. Some of this, of course, relates to music in general, but jazz as a genre has moved beyond any stylistic boundaries to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ron Thomas/Paul Klinefelter: Duo

Read "Duo" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Ron Thomas' talents range widely, from his Karlheinz Stockhausen-influenced electric outings like Elysium (Vectordisc, 2009), through his fluid free association piano trio sets, Music In Three Parts (Art Of Life Records, 2006) and Doloroso (Art of Life Records, 2006), to his mainstream outings that draw their inspiration from the late pianist Bill Evans--Two Lonely People ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ron Thomas: Duo

Read "Duo" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

The poet John Keats famously wrote: “A thing of beauty is a joy forever." That's the kind of album this is. It's one stretch of beautiful playing from beginning to end. It's not a “statement," it's not a “thing," it's not a “groove." It's just music that, taken as a whole becomes an “objet d'art," something ...


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