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Rudy Royston

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, and raised in Denver, Colorado, Royston has been a professional teacher, drummer and percussionist for almost twenty years. He studied classical percussion at University of Denver where earned undergraduate degrees in Music and English; Rudy accomplished teacher certification credentials from Metropolitan State College of Denver. Rudy grew up playing drums in church, and found his voice under the auspices of Colorado’s celebrated trumpeter Ron Miles, whom Royston deems his greatest influence, and with whom Rudy has played since 1991. He has taught, recorded and performed all styles of music from Jazz to marching percussion

Balance Point

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Mother's Song; Blessed Son, Mr. Weston; Balance Point; Ascent; G-Yokoso; Had It Happened; A Fine Line Between; Like Water; Prelude To A Kiss; Fulcrum; The Path Of The Gods; Homage; Lament For The Fallen

Hero Trio

Label: Whirlwind Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: Red Cross; Overjoyed; Barabados/26-2; I Can't Get Started; The Windup; Ring Of Fire; I'll Remember April; Sadness; Dewey Square.

PaNOptic

Label: Greenleaf Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: BlaCk—Bad CoMPAny—BiRd; bLUes; ciTy buS StOp; deferred; desire; foolish; intO ElVin; BilL; Jack, fIgHt oR FligHT; maXX; video; oWhNet; s'TRopHy; come; I'm Coming Home; MOTHER KELLY and the preacher part 1; mother kelly and THE PREACHER part 2; sermon; mr zoot suite—bruh Arnold; oNe SnaP fIngER; PaNOptic; pANt 1; pANt 2; pop LOVE soNg (prinS-esh); We Real Cool.

Persistence

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Persistence; I've Got No Time; Lil' Poem; Morning Blue; R Song; Horizons; Bliss.

Valentine

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Baba Drame; Hour Glass; Valentine; Levees; Winter Always Turns To Spring; Keep Your Eyes Open; A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing; Electricity; Wagon Wheels; Aunt Mary; What The World Needs Now Is Love; Where Do We Go; We Shall Overcome.

Clarity

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Through; A Race Against Yourself; La Puerta; A Unified Front; Gregory is Here; Karma; Breaking Cycles; Thank You For Your Silence; My Ship.

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Rudy Royston: Little Steps, Big Pictures

Read "Rudy Royston: Little Steps, Big Pictures" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Everybody needs a helping hand now and then. Rudy Royston understands that. The Covid-19 pandemic has caused gigs to completely dry up for all musicians, and with that, their main income stream. Yet there are still mortgages, rents and bills to pay, and children to feed. It says something about the precarious finances of a jazz ...

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Rudy Royston: PaNOptic

Read "PaNOptic" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Record label bosses probably do not hear the words “solo drum album" too often. Or if they do, judging by the paucity of such exemplars on the market, they likely only have to hear the phrase the once. After three impressive albums on Dave Douglas' Greenleaf Music label, to wit, 303 (2014), Rise of Orion (2016) ...


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