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Shimmering Rhythm

by Ron Davis Trio & The Shimmering Rhythm Ensemble

"Top 10 of the Year!" (JAZZ.FM/ CODA Magazine/ Zeitgeist Scotland) - Gorgeous, energetic, melodic jazz with classical, klezmer and world influences. Piano trio meets cello/ viola/ clarinets. Brilliant arrangements. Dazzling. Shimmering!
Genre: Jazz: Chamber Jazz
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1. Rhythmaron
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2. Oratio
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3. Shimmering Interlude #1
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4. Pawpwalk
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5. Les Angéliques
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6. Jeanamora
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7. Shimmering Interlude #2
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8. Chassal Siddur Pesach
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9. Shimmering Interlude #3
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10. Rhosymedre
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11. The Way You Look Tonight
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12. Chassal Chassal
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"A terrific CD!" - CBC

Shimmering Rhythm goes from a regular jazz "Rhythm" tune with a strict three part classical fugue smack in the middle (Rhythmaron) to an Old World Hebrew tune (Chassal Siddur Pesach), back to a languid jazz ballad accompanied by classical voice (Les Angeliques), and a good old boogaloo (Pawpwalk). It's jazz meets classical meets klezmer meets pop, and back to jazz again.

1. Rhythmaron (Ron Davis) 5:22
Many jazz standards are based on the chord changes to Gershwin's I Got Rhythm. I had never written a "Rhythm" tune, so this was it. Tania's arrangement captures the playful flavour of the piece. After the solos, we go to a strict three part classical fugue that lasts over a minute, before we fly out of the ending.

2. Oratio (Ron Davis) 5:51
This is a gospel-like piece. I play at an African-Canadian church some Sundays. It was the inspired feeling playing there that I wanted to capture.

3. Shimmering Interlude #1 (Sasha Boychouk & Ron Davis) 0:30
Sasha and I improvised this Interlude based on a standard klezmer chord progression. It looks forward to Chassal Siddur Pesach.

4. Pawpwalk (Ron Davis) 3:26
This is the "radio piece". DJ's often complain that jazz tunes are too long and abstract. Well, this one isn't! It's in the tradition of some of Herbie Hancock's and Lee Morgan's work from the 1960's.

5. Les Angeliques (Ron Davis) 7:39
I wanted to write a very slow, very beautiful piece. This is what came out. The addition of the classical voice was to provide a different hue to the pallet.

6. Jeanamora (Ron Davis) 4:42
A latin-influenced song. It's fun to play latin!

7. Shimmering Interlude #2 (Ron Davis) 0:30
Another improvisation, to set up the following tune.

8. Chassal Siddur Pesach (trad.) 4:01
Since I was a child, my father sang this tune at the close of the Passover seder. This meant I only heard twice a year. It haunted me. I never heard it any other time. It stayed with me. I've never met anyone who knows this achingly beautiful tune. My father brought it with him out the Hungarian part of Romania where he was born in 1923. He survived the Nazi concentration camps, as did my mother, to make his way to Canada. This song is a bridge to his past, through my present and future as a musician.

9. Shimmering Interlude #3 (Sasha Boychouk & Ron Davis) 0:30
Sasha and I in one final improvisation to wind down Chassal Siddur Pesach.

10. Rhosymedre (trad. / R. Vaughan Williams) 7:11
This is a Welsh hymn, arranged by the great 20th century English classical composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. I've always thought it is one of the most beautiful tunes in the classical canon. The juxtaposition of this tune with Chassal Siddur Pesach seemed especially apt- different religious contexts, but beautiful music nonetheless.

11. The Way You Look Tonight (J. Kern ) 5:58
A jazz standard. One of my favourites. Too bad I don't sing, because the lyrics are a marvel.

12. Chassal Chassal (trad.) 2:07
Chassal Siddur Pesach closes the Passover seder. So we took a stunning portion of Tania's arrangement to close the cd. Then we added a brief explanation of Chassal Siddur Pesach by my father.

REVIEWS FOR 'SHIMMERING RHYTHM'

"One of the most enjoyable jazz releases of 2005."
- Zeitgeist

I was greatly taken with his last CD, 'Mungle Music', and was delighted to pop this into the music playing machine.

Especially when the joyous opening track, 'Rhythmaron' is such a sparkling piece, with fingers flying over the piano in tribute to Gershwins 'I Got Rhythm'. But this is no one trick pony as the Trio take on board a battalion of guests (the Shimmering Rhythm) and an astonishing range of sounds.

From the gospel like 'Oratio' to the latin influenced 'Jeanamora', on to the astonishing Passover tune, 'Chassal Siddur Pesach', the Welsh hymn arranged by Vaughn Williams, 'Rhosymedre' and the stunning rendition of the Jerome
Kern classic, 'The Way You Look Tonight', this is an outstanding, fresh and life affirming piece of work, and one of the most enjoyable jazz releases of 2005.

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"A tour de force ten times over!"
- E. J. Ianelli

The term tour de force has often been used to describe a lot of things that aren't, but Shimmering Rhythm qualifies for the honor ten times over...

Shimmering Rhythm is delightfully varied, expertly composed and performed, and retains a universal appeal without selling itself or the listener short.

This is the kind of album that, for any number of reasons, could easily slip past the international jazz scene's peripheral vision - which would be a shame, because it has the potential to win converts while entertaining veteran listeners.

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One of Ron Davis' best discs- and his last one was top 10!
- Claudette Gravel

Un des meilleurs discs présentés par RON DAVIS, malgré que son dernier Mungle Music ait tenu le sommet des 10 meilleurs albums de jazz en 2004.

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Tight and talented trio... International flair and sparkle in this adventurous
- JazzUSA.com

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"An excellent album!!" (5 stars out of 5)
- Radio Adelaide 101.5fm

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