All tracks composed and arranged by Ron King
Ron King is one of the finest trumpet/ composer/ arranger artists in the world today. A Grammy nominated soloist, he is also one of L.A.'s top studio lead/ jazz/ improvisational trumpet players. He has received many awards, from the IAJE, NAJE, ASCAP, and the RMA.
He has attained Gold Records, for working with such artists as George Benson, Ricki Lee Jones, and Marvin Gaye. In addition to these artists, he has also performed and recorded with: "The Tonight Show" with, Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. "The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra", Frank Sinatra, Keely Smith, "The Jimmy Kimmel Live" television show, ABC TV's, "The Next Best Thing", Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, and featured on the "Grammy Awards".
He also has performed and recorded with every jazz "Big Band" in L.A., including Bill Holman, Clayton Hamilton, Don Menza, and many others. He's played for countless movie, television, and commercial soundtracks, including the Academy Award Winner, "Children of a Lesser God", and "Ocean's 11″.
The Ron King Quartet has featured many world class musicians including Dave Carpenter, Gary Novak, Rob Lockhart, Tom Ranier, Andy Langham and a host of others, plus has been involved with numerous music projects and CDs that include such artists as Jeremy Lubbock, David Foster, Jeff Lorber, Michael Bolton, Queen Latifah, Brian Simpson, and Michael Paulo, to name but a few. He currently leads his Big Band, featuring his own compositions and those of such notables as Billy Byers, Don Costa, and many others.
As far as the band goes, this album features the incredible talents of some of the finest musicians in the world. Most are longtime friends, and they have played together over many years.
1. Triumph [3:45]
2. Luv Vibe [7:43]
3. Celtic Horizons [6:27]
4. If You Could Only Know My Mind [6:11]
5. Atlantic Thoughts [4:15]
6. A Perfect Day [5:12]
7. A Long Way Home [8:53]
8. Peace and Love [4:34]
Posted by Grady Harp on 30th Oct 2016
Ron King is ‘the trumpet player that's been on call for everyone from Sinatra to Dr. Dre calls in the A team for some jazz delights. The kind of polished, pro session you'd expect from cats that have been at the top of their game for longer than any of us want to remember, this is contemporary jazz that invites you to sit back and relax while it does all the work for you. Taking you to places and stops that make all the visits worthwhile, this is simply fun jazz that plays right.
Posted by George W. Harris on 17th Oct 2016
Trumpeter Ron King displays his warmed tone horn in a wide variety on moods here on his collection of accessible originals. He assembles some of LA’s finest in Tom Ranier-Jeff Lorber/p, Andy Langham/b, Dave Carpenter-Hamilton Price/b, Gary Novak/dr and Bob Sheppard/ts-fl along with a mood creating string section for some of the pieces.
He displays some excellent jazz chops, as he bops over an “Equinox”-inspired bass lick on the bluesy “Atlantic Thoughts” and a “Manteca” riff during the bopping “A Long Way Home.” Upbeat and optimistic grooves serve as warm foundations for “Triumph” and the cheerful “Luv Vibe.” Some synth grooves supply the beat on “Peace and Love” and misty autumnal colors are evoked with strings on ”Celtic Horizons.” Strong and ear friendly.
Posted by Rotcod Zzaj aka Dick Metcalf on 17th Oct 2016
If your mind is in the mood for some all-original jazz compositions featuring trumpet/flugelhorn at the lead – this is your ticket to paradise! All eight tunes are written by Ron, and he features a variety of styles, and pieces like “Luv Vibe” will easily have you wrapped around his finger in only a few bars! As you can see from the CD cover, he has a whole host of very talented players performing with him, making your sonic enjoyment even fuller. The 6:29 “Celtic Horizons” is most decidedly in a different vibe, though the jazz is still very much present, despite the title. This is (as far as I can tell from my database) my first chance to hear his thoroughly enchanting work, but I’ve no doubt we will be hearing far more from Ron. Tunes like my personal favorite on this release, the upbeat & snazzy “A Long Home Home” will make your ears stand right up at attention – this IS jazz – full-bodied, rich & full of a true zest for life & the living of it! I give Ron & his bandmates a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98 for this fine album. Get more information about this truly fascinating and highly talented player at Ron’s website.