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Ron Miles: Stone/Blossom

Read "Stone/Blossom" reviewed by Matthew Miller


It's no secret why Ron Miles is one of the most highly regarded trumpeters of his generation. His rich, burnished tone and supple lyricism have won over Bill Frisell and Wayne Horvitz--two of jazz's leading aesthetic visionaries--along with fans who appreciate understatement, whispered dissonance, wry humor. All of these attributes can be found on Stone/Blossom, the ...

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Stone / Blossom

Label: Sterling Circle
Released: 2006
Track listing: Stone: Clairvoyant; Devil in Mind; Letter Grade; Unconditional; Stone; Grown Folks; Cupid. Blossom: Since Forever; Small Town Hero; Gethsemane; I Woke Up In Love This Morning; I

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Ron Miles: Stone / Blossom

Read "Stone / Blossom" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Ron Miles' trumpet has such an appealing tone that I'd eagerly listen to him play the songs of Johnny Cash, Lee Morgan, or Earth, Wind and Fire. His directions in music, like those of his close friend Bill Frisell, have been forged from more than just the jazz canon. Stone/Blossom is equal parts jazz, ...

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Laughing Barrel

Label: Sterling Circle
Released: 2003
Track listing: Parade; New Breed Leader; Psychedelic Black Man; Still Small Voice; Jesus Loves Me; Sunday Best; Fairy Court.

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Laughing Barrel

Label: Sterling Circle
Released: 2003
Track listing: Parade; New Breed Leader; Psychedelic Black Man; Still Small Voice; Jesus Loves Me; Sunday Best; Fairy Court. (Total Time 60:52).

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The Ron Miles Quartet: Laughing Barrel

Read "Laughing Barrel" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


The idea for Laughing Barrel, the title of trumpeter Ron Miles' latest CD, comes from the writings of Ralph Ellison, the great African-American author. According to Ellison, an enslaved man, when he had the urge to laugh (strangely forbidden fruit for these poor souls), would put his head in a barrel to muffle the sounds of ...

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The Ron Miles Quartet: Laughing Barrel

Read "Laughing Barrel" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Trumpeter Ron Miles is a bit of jazz anomaly, in that he has taken to shunning the urban genres of jazz. His recent releases are all about wide-open spaces and Americana. Nowhere is this better heard than on his Sterling Circle debut, Heaven (Sterling Circle SCS 151, 2002). On this record from last year, Miles dueted ...

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Ron Miles Quartet: Laughing Barrel

Read "Laughing Barrel" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The concept of jazz has seemingly always been an urban phenomenon. From Louis Armstrong’s move to Chicago to the post-war Charlie Parker revolution--and more recently, Wynton Marsalis’ uptown vs. downtown music debate--jazz concepts and jazz sounds have traditionally gravitated toward cities. But inside jazz itself, traditions are continuously rewritten. As the music has ...

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Heaven

Label: Sterling Circle
Released: 2002
Track listing: Just married, Coward of the County, Ron Miles, Beautiful, We See, Heaven, King Porter Stomp, Your Cheatin' Heat, Close, Falsetto, A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall, Darken My Door

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Ron Miles: Heaven

Read "Heaven" reviewed by Mark Corroto


You would not typically pair a trumpeter and guitarist in a jazz setting. Come to think of it, they aren’t typically paired in any other musical setting. Maybe that’s why these duets by Ron Miles and Bill Frisell are so refreshing. Heaven is trumpeter Ron Miles’ fourth release as a leader and third ...


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