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Burning Gums Soundtrack

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Burning Gums is Jazz that Burns and Spreads Representing three continents, Burning Gums is a fresh new color on the seemingly endless palette of jazz guitar bands. The trio's debut album contains nine exciting tracks showcasing high caliber musicianship expertly navigating between the many styles of music from samba to swing. Interesting compositions and unusual arrangements of classics like So What and Killer Joe will keep listeners pleasantly alert. Norbert Marius smooth bass grooves provide solid foundation for guitarist Ron Jackson s sophisticated improvisations, which are expertly matched by Matsu Hiroyuki s energetic drumming, all creating the very special sound of Burning Gums. A sound that will make its mark! A true jam. The Burning Gums is Ron Jackson-Guitar (USA)Norbert Marius-Bass(Hungary) Hiroyuki Matsuura-Drums and Percussion.(Japan) Ron Jackson is a New York based jazz guitarist, composer, arranger, producer, recording artist, and instructor. He has performed and recorded in over 20 countries as a bandleader and ensemble performer, and is well established in the international jazz scene. Ron has recorded and performed with jazz, blues and World music, greats such as, Taj Majal, Little Anthony and The Imperials, James Spaulding, The Boys Choir of Harlem, The Metro Mass Choir, Mor Thaims Drums of Fire, Irene Reid, Hal Singer, TK Blue, Sarah Dash, Gene Anthony Ray, Cecil Brooks III, TAO, Melvin Rhyne, Jimmy McGriff, 5 Guitars Play Mingus Norbert Marius began playing upright and electric bass at the age of 14. He studied at the Bartok Bela Jazz Conservatory in Budapest, the Cologne Music Institute, earned numerous scholarships before graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1987. Since moving to New York City in 1988, Mr. Marius has performed with the Fifth Dimension, Melba Moore, Screaming Headless Torsos, and many others. He has toured the US, Europe and Japan. Besides being a bassist, Norbert is an active composer, and producer of dozens of instrumental and vocal tracks. Hiroyuki Matsuura has performed and/or recorded with Grammy winning bassist, Hector Rodriguez (Spanish Harlem Orchestra); Grammy winner, Oriente Lopez; multi-platinum producer/musician, Vernon Jeffrey Smith (Whitney Houston, Paula Abdul, Heather Headley, Des ree, The Family Stand); Grammy nominated R&B/jazz pianist, Marc Cary


Ron Jackson Guitar Norbert Marius-Bass Matsuura Hiroyuki Drums Ron Jackson is a worldly musician whose influences stem from vast and far reaches of the earth. This statement rings evident both literally and figuratively. Ron has roots in the Phillipines, Norbert hales from Hungary, and Matsuura comes from Japan. You can imagine that his music will draw on his international experiences and background as a well traveled artist. 1. Samba DeQueijo Composed by Norbert Marius; This is a classic Samba which comes to fruition through the intricate guitar statements offered by Ron Jackson. Matsuura Hiroyuki lays down some very exciting rhythms as the music fades out! 2. Exerpt of Tina lll Composed by Ron Jackson, Opens with energy and an unmistakable drive that is syncopated and hormonal. Ron s guitar playing blends wonderfully with the syncopated drum back drop and the steady hand of Norbert Marius on bass. Ron and Norbert communicate effortlessly back and forth on their instruments at one point. It is then followed by a concise and quite interesting drum solo by Matsuura. 3. Killer Joe Composed by Benny Golson, Arranged by Norbert Marius on this project; Here is a unique version of Killer Joe. It is quite funky and will bring out the dance in you! Norbert sets the tone on this one with a standout bass funk. Ron brings the message home as he reminds you of the guitar licks from some of the great seventies music in the past. It is very interesting to hear how tasteful Ron brings the melody out on guitar. 4. Sacred Love Composed by Ron Jackson; The very first note lets you know that it is a special tune. It recalls the easy listening setting for Jazz lovers and for someone special to be with while taking in music that gives such a wonderful feeling. Norbert s bass solo accentuates the thought. Matsuura s drum solo allows the imagery to materialize as he aids in constructing the picture of love that is put forth on guitar by Ron. 5. Going Bush Composed by Ron Jackson; Gives you a Caribbean flavor. Ron presents the melody quite eloquently on guitar. You will surely visit the Caribbean Islands here if your vacation is not set yet! 6. So What Composed by Mile Davis, Arranged by Norbert Marius on this date; This a wonderful example of an arrangement that makes a classic come alive again. Ron delivers beautiful guitar lines while Norbert plays freely on bass and captivates you with a solo that unknowingly draws you in from his free style. Ron enters with the melody and you can then consider yourself to be in guitar heaven. It is all held down by matsuura on drums making the rhythm consistent, electrifying and forward. 7. Mangrove DoReMi Composed by Norbert Marius; The guitar and bass open this song as if they were speaking to you in words from a far away land. The sound of birds tweeting in the background serves to open your mind to the possibilities of nature and an appreciation for all that simulates beauty in it. The guitar leads into a bass solo which then blends back into the melody guitar, the birds and the accents delivered by the drums. This tune definitely inspires the tranquility inside you. 8. Madras Parallel Composed by Norbert Marius; gives a bossa nova type feeling that moves so freely into an up tempo bebop mood during brief junctures. Matsuura takes this tune out with a riveting drum solo during its conclusion. 9. Park Slope Composed by Ron Jackson; is thematic of the quaint and viberant Brooklyn, New York neighborhood. Ron paints a sultry and inviting mood in the storyline of his guitar notes. The notes seem to represent his fondness for the neighborhood and its beauty which evidently he appreciates in a great way. Burning Gums is a CD you will no doubt appreciate through and through. This recording is exquisitely original, tasteful and a must for your music collection. --Eric Frazier, Jazz Inside Magazine

A much respected guitarist, composer and producer based in NYC, Ron Jackson has cut a wide range of albums over the past couple decades. Jackson is renowned for tastefully blending his love of rock, R&B, World Beat, jazz, funk and even classical within the framework of his sonic guitar sound. Subsequently, there aren't many styles of music that Jackson hasn t covered on record. Moving forward on his esteemed musical legacy, Jackson also released a 2011 CD from his latest project, entitled Burning Gums. I guess the title fits in well with the young lady on the cover of the Burning Gums CD art, who looks like she s about to bite into a red hot chili pepper. In contrast, the music on the Burning Gums CD is quite cool actually with Jackson s smooth jazz instrumental sound and vision getting suitable backing from Norbert Marius (bass) and Matsu Hiroyuki (drums). All types of jazz guitar lovers will completely dig this record which covers a wide range of styles and sounds from smooth jazz to soul-jazz and fusion to Brazilian style jazz samba. Even with so many instrumental guitar-based moves on hand, the key here is the groove that Jackson and company brings to the forefront on this thoroughly enjoyable instrumental guitar-centric fusion CD. --Robert Silverstein, MusicWebExpress

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  2. Excerpt of Tina Number III 6:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Killer Joe 6:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Sacred Love 8:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  8. Madras Parallel 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 3, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Roni Music
  • ASIN: B004ZQRHK6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 13, 2011
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"Burning Gums is Jazz that Burns and Spreads" is the lead out on this pulsatingly interesting new release form Ron Jackson. While it is true that jazz ensembles can be as small as one fine solo player, the ensemble that Jackson has put together for this album BURNING GUMS is unique and highly sophisticated. Ron Jackson, guitar, Norbert Marius, bass, and Matsuura Hiroyuki drums/percussion - and from these three instrumentalists comes music that ranges from Latin American rhythms to blues to funk to world music. Not only are all 9 tracks solid in sound and performance, but they include some surprises that show off just how inventive Jackson can be in his musical philosophy - open minded, fearless and ever searching.

An example of the ingenuity of this collection of songs; in 'Killer Joe' there is superimposed on the music what sounds like authentic army intelligence walkie talkie communications that seeps in and out of the fabric making the old song ring with a new anti-war resonance. And in 'Park Slope' Jackson's own composition reflects his Brooklyn background with the dark eerie sounds and variations on vamps.

This album has three international stars: American born Jackson, Hungarian born Marius (who in addition to his performances created the hot graphics for this album cover), and Japanese born drummer Matsuura. The flavors these men bring to the session is additive in every way, but reigning over it all is Ron Jackson's pervasive skill at finding the unique in jazz. The album is a little triumph. Grady Harp, August 11
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