Blues/jazz with a fresh sound and new approach.
Recorded live off the floor at Toronto’s Rhythm Ranch Studio
Produced by Doron Zor and John Pickering
Engineered by John Pickering
Keyboards: Michael Fonfara
Bass: Jon Czechowski
Drums: Aaron Spink
Horns: Rick Morrison
Guitar: Doron Zor
There’s a common thread woven through the most memorable personalities in the world whether they are masters in fine art, the environment, law, literature, medicine, music, politics, sports or technology. Each, at one time during their life, realized through a parent, professor, coach or mentor that the secret to individual success is: “it’s all in the approach.” Such epiphanies contributed to life altering moments and ever lasting change where growth was not optional and choices made must be done so wisely. This theory holds especially true for Toronto based fusion guitarist, virtuoso, and composer Doron Zor.
Having teamed up with some of Canada's finest musicians -- Michael Fonfara (Jimi Hendrix, Foreigner, Lou Reed) on keys, Jon Czechowski (Red Rider/Tom Cochrane) on bass, Aaron Spink (Steve Gadd, Randy Brecker) on drums and special guest Paul DeLong (Kim Mitchell) also on drums – Kongo S’quare with its heart and soul in the blues has all the ear markings of another inspiring production.In the short period of time that he’s graced the world with his wide range of musical talent, Doron Zor’s successes are attributed to, “it’s all in the approach”. Whether it’s a classroom of eager students waiting for lessons, the partnering of musicians waiting to rehearse, the music theory he’s prepared to share with the world, or simply respecting and handling his guitars the way only he understands, Doron continues to deliver a message through music that has no language: “Build a dream, then a life.”
“As a composer, my inclination is to write a song in sections. Influences for Kongo S’quare were based on groove, soul, dynamics and band communication. Keeping the songs simple with easy melodies and catchy grooves required brain storming. We never played the same thing twice – even in solos, we performed on an open form jam – not counting the bars. We made certain that the heart and soul of Kongo S’quare is the blues.”
-- Doron Zor