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Two Lonely People

by Ron Thomas

Solo Jazz Piano by Ron Thomas featuring six standards and three original tunes.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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1. Things You Are
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2. Time Remembered
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3. Black Orpheus
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4. Untitled
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5. Round Midnight
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6. Turn Out The Stars
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7. Lyonswaltz
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8. Two Lonely People
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9. Our Love Is Here To Stay
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Ron Thomas - Solo Jazz Piano

"Two Lonely People" is a masterful presentation of a mixture of jazz standards by Luis Bonfa, Bill Evans,
Thelonious Monk, the Gershwin Brothers and three tunes by Ron Thomas.

1965: When I Heard Bill Evans' "Sunday At The Vanguard" and Miles Davis' "My Funny Valentine," a turbulent
and beautiful universe of music came storming into my life demanding equal time with my dedication to
modern classical music composition. From then on my creative life was formed and reformed, integrating these
two equally captivating modern musical worlds. Miles Davis and Bill Evans were my models and my inspiration.
--Ron Thomas

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Marty Mellinger at Cross Keys Recotding Studio, Reading , PA
Produced by Ron Thomas and Richard Burton (2010)
Vectordisc 017

REVIEW FROM ALL ABOUT JAZZ
By DAN MCCLENAGHAN, Published: February 13, 2011
http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=38721

A spin through pianist Ron Thomas's discography as a leader doesn't always directly point toward the music found on Two Lonely People. His two masterful trio outings, Music in Three Parts (Art of Life Records, 2006) and Doloroso (Art of Life Records, 2006) are both full of abstract and elastic originals; the highly electric and compellingly otherworldly Elysium (Vectordisc, 2009) stretches the boundaries way, way "out there"; and his 17 Solo Piano Improvisations (Vectordisc, 2006) leans heavily on the pianist's classical music roots.

But it was his 1965 discovery of the music of Miles Davis and Bill Evans that tugged Thomas in the jazz direction. And with the solo outing, Two Lonely People, Thomas delves deeply into the straight-ahead jazz idiom, covering three Evans compositions, including the title tune, with unalloyed affection and depth of knowledge of the legendary pianist's artistry, while also offering up gorgeous and introspective takes of Thelonious Monk's classic "Round Midnight" and a lilting, delicately lovely rendition of Luis Bonfa's "Black Orpheus." Two Evans-like Thomas originals round out a very intimate and cerebral, yet accessible set of sounds, sequenced perfectly.

Thomas's acoustic offerings always contain a remarkable depth of feeling, a genuine and unpretentious commitment to pure art, with a warmth and humanity combined with an understated brainy audacity. His classical roots run deep, as a student and friend of both Karlheinz Stockhausen and John Cage; and his Evans influence flows fresh and clean on the surface.

Thomas wraps up the CD with a distinct gear change, switching from the more pensive mood of the first eight tunes to an uplifting, buoyant take on George and Ira Gershwin's "Our Love is Here to Stay."

Two Lonely People is very much an outing for Thomas to re-explore his early jazz influences, with a depth of expression that can only come from a lifetime of far-reaching musical exploration. It is beautifully done, and presented, via its exquisite cover photography and design, as a fine and compelling work of art.

Track Listing: Things You Were; Time Remembered; Black Orpheus; Untitled; Round Midnight; Turn Out the Stars; Lyonswaltz; Two Lonely People; Our Love is Here to Stay.

Record Label: Vectordisc Records | Style: Straightahead/Mainstream

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