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Romanza – Ron Murray

Romanza - Ron Murray Artist: Ron Murray
Album: Romanza
Release Date: May 10, 2005
Duration: 53:34
Genre: Jazz, Holiday
Styles: Christmas, Guitar Jazz, Jazz Instrument
Recording Location: Lakewest Recording, W. Greenwich, RI; Room 29, Westerly, RI

On his second CD as a leader, classically trained guitarist Ron Murray blends his background with jazz, bossa nova, and flamenco, in a mostly trio setting with bassist Marty Ballou and drummer Arti Dixson. He has a flair for the dramatic in his arrangement of the tearjerker song “Besame Mucho,” complemented by Ballou’s inventive electric bassline. Murray’s jazzy side comes out in his freewheeling, breezy interpretation of Django Reinhardt’s “Nuages.” Henry Mancini’s “Charade” is transformed into a lively flamenco, which would have delighted its composer. His reworkings of the pop-jazz hit “Don’t Know Why” (written by Jesse Harris and rocketed to fame by Norah Jones’ recording) and George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” are no less than astonishing. Harmonica player Ronald F. Murray (the leader’s father, who makes his recording debut on this CD) and singer Michael Ciulla are added for the sensitive treatments of a pair of songs (“Corcovado” and “Vivo Sonhando”) by bossa nova master Antonio Carlos Jobim, while the guitarist solos effectively on electric guitar.

This entire release is a feast for fans of the guitar, regardless of background.

Title/Composer Performer Time
Romanza Ron Murray 4:31
Besame Mucho / Consuelo Velázquez Ron Murray 6:35
Charde Ron Murray 6:09
Corcovado (Quiet Nights) / Antônio Carlos Jobim Ron Murray 4:48
Tangos del Amigos / Ron Murray Ron Murray 3:59
Don’t Know Why / Jesse Harris Ron Murray 5:11
While My Guitar Gently Weeps / George Harrison Ron Murray 4:13
Vivo Sonhando (Dreamer) / Antônio Carlos Jobim Ron Murray 5:31
Nuages / Django Reinhardt Ron Murray 6:23
Brazilian Flower / Ron Murray Ron Murray 6:14
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