Make a difference: Support jazz online

Support All About Jazz Your friends at All About Jazz are looking for readers to help back our website upgrade project. Of critical importance, this project will result in a vastly improved design across all devices and will make future All About Jazz projects much easier to implement. Click here to learn more about this project including donation rewards.

7

Ron Kadish: Tales From Under

James Nadal By

Sign in to view read count
As a journeyman bassist, Ron Kadish has traveled the long road, while always returning to his home base of Bloomington, Indiana, where he settled in 1993. As a local educator and active musician, he has steadily built up his performance resume and compositional dossier, which come to light in Tales From Under . His many collaborations and affiliations with a myriad of artists has given him a unique perspective, and this record is a glimpse at his world.

Going right away into the soul jazz bag, "Tutto Boogaloo," is an upbeat groove with an assertive arrangement that allows all players in the horn section an opportunity to exercise their individual chops. Kadish displays some polished bowing artistry on "A Rose For Viola," a swaying Latin influenced number, composed for his daughter. The lyrics were added by vocalist Janiece Jaffe, who also does the weaving interludes with Kadish as they experiment with bass and vocal nuances.

Having had ample exposure to the intricacies of world music, "The Edge Of Calm," exposes a middle-eastern slant to the vibes of Robert Stright, who complements the mysterious oud played by Victor Santora, for an exotic timbre variance on cosmic jazz. Stright returns on vibes with "Groovi Sandi," an extended, well-thought melody that features fine sax work by Nate Johnson, who also shines on the flowing "Light For The Lost." Trumpeter Pat Harbison is brought in on "The Fun Never Stops," which is structured around a vintage charleston or lindy hop style tempo, for an unusual twist, with wonderful results.

The eerie bowing on "The Dream Of The Double Bass," has the intention of depicting complexities of the mind as it goes into altered states of awareness. With the ingenuity offered by studio technology, Kadish does layered bass duty on "Skunitological Conclusions," a free form 5/4 blues jam that concludes the set.

With an ingenious blend of cosmopolitan jazz, classical and old world flavorings, Kadish embarks upon a musical excursion that invites the audience to join in the exploration. He is obviously very democratic with his accompanists, who appear to relish the space given for personal interpretations, adding the essential element of camaraderie to this project. Already well known in Bloomington, Indiana, it's time the world heard more from Ron Kadish.

Track Listing: Up From The Deep Down From The Sky; Tutto Boogaloo; A Rose For Viola; The Edge Of Calm; Groovi Sandi; Light For The Lost; The Fun Never Stops; The Dream Of The Double Bass; Original Numbers; Skunitological Conclusions.

Personnel: Ron Kadish: double bass, electric bass, guitars, synth, beats, melodica, riq, slide whistle; Dan Deckard: drums; Joe Donnelly: baritone sax, tenor sax, ney; Johnathan Elmer: trombone; Sam Finley: guitar, Joe Galvin: shekere; Pat Harbison: trumpet; Curtis Cantwell Jackson: backing vocals; Janiece Jaffe: vocals; Nate Johnson: tenor sax, flute; Victor Santora: oud, kanoon; Robert Straight: vibraphone, backing vocals; Matt Romy: piano.

Title: Tales From Under | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Self Produced

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Lux CD/LP/Track Review Lux
by Karl Ackermann
Published: January 20, 2018
Read Unleashed CD/LP/Track Review Unleashed
by John Sharpe
Published: January 20, 2018
Read I Think I'm Going To Eat Dessert CD/LP/Track Review I Think I'm Going To Eat Dessert
by Jerome Wilson
Published: January 20, 2018
Read 20 CD/LP/Track Review 20
by Ian Patterson
Published: January 20, 2018
Read Roppongi CD/LP/Track Review Roppongi
by Mark Sullivan
Published: January 19, 2018
Read Is Life Long? CD/LP/Track Review Is Life Long?
by Mark Corroto
Published: January 19, 2018
Read "Triangulum" CD/LP/Track Review Triangulum
by Troy Dostert
Published: June 20, 2017
Read "Morphometry" CD/LP/Track Review Morphometry
by Duncan Heining
Published: August 29, 2017
Read "Rain or Shine" CD/LP/Track Review Rain or Shine
by Jack Bowers
Published: December 15, 2017
Read "Wobbly Dance Flower" CD/LP/Track Review Wobbly Dance Flower
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: September 22, 2017
Read "Live at PafA" CD/LP/Track Review Live at PafA
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: February 21, 2017
Read "A Wing Dissolved In Light" CD/LP/Track Review A Wing Dissolved In Light
by John Sharpe
Published: July 29, 2017