Archive for February 19th, 2015

Ron Westray – Magisteria

Trombonist Ron Westray has performed with illustrious ensembles such as the Mingus Big Band, New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, The Wynton Marsalis Septet, Irving Mayfield, The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, and the Marcus Roberts Ensemble. He is currently an Associate Professor at York University (Toronto, CA) and also serves as the Oscar Peterson Chair in Jazz Performance.

At his label Blue Canoe are listed his solo projects Jimi Jazz, Live From Austin, Medical Cures For The Chromatic Commands Of The Inner City and Magisteria. This CD features as additional musicians Matt Rait (guitar), Ross MacIntyre (bass), Anthony Michelli (drums), and Richard Whiteman (fender rhodes). Ron has produced, composed and performed this album. The album presents overall short pieces, in Toto overwhelming twenty tracks.

Ron plays his instrument with a nonchalance and speed that impressed. On Eureka stand him his sidemen in every way. A grandiose happening. On Nemesis 8, I feel a certain resemblance to the music of Jeff Bradshaw. Who copied who, however, I can not say. Nemesis 2 introduces us in the excellence of Ron’s technique, which Richard Whiteman opposes an impressive solo on the Fender Rhodes.

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