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Blue Modules

by Ron Davis, Ross MacIntyre & Roger Travassos

"A-List pianist" Ron Davis takes jazz onward. "Fun...possesses an energy...innovative."- JAZZ.FM91 / "Adventurous...unconventional...all about taking giant steps"- Toronto Sun / "Audacious"-Toronto Star / "Sophisticated...fresh...progressive."-eJazzNews
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1. Roger's Rumble Ron Davis, Ross MacIntyre & Roger Travassos
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2. Pawpwalk (feat. Donna Grantis) Ron Davis, Ross MacIntyre & Roger Travassos
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3. Mahna Mahna Ron Davis, Ross MacIntyre & Roger Travassos
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4. Making Plans for Nigel (feat. Donna Grantis) Ron Davis, Ross MacIntyre & Roger Travassos
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5. Viva Las Vegas Ron Davis, Ross MacIntyre & Roger Travassos
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6. Grandma's Hands Ron Davis, Ross MacIntyre & Roger Travassos
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7. I Will Ron Davis, Ross MacIntyre & Roger Travassos
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8. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) [feat. Diego Matamoros] Ron Davis, Ross MacIntyre & Roger Travassos
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9. Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing Ron Davis, Ross MacIntyre & Roger Travassos
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10. Living for the City Ron Davis, Ross MacIntyre & Roger Travassos
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11. Blue Modules Ron Davis, Ross MacIntyre & Roger Travassos
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12. Patanjali's Chant (feat. Donna Grantis) Ron Davis, Ross MacIntyre & Roger Travassos
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13. You Can't Do That (feat. Donna Grantis) Ron Davis, Ross MacIntyre & Roger Travassos
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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"It's fun. It possesses an energy, it's innovative. Davis puts some life into some unique already well established songs and adds an original or two to make it even more personal. [...] Ron Davis, the new album belongs on the JAZZ.FM91 First Listen list, its called Blue Modules." - JAZZ.FM91

"Adventurous and unconventional, he’s all about taking giant steps every time he enters a recording studio." (Toronto Sun )

“Audacious!” (Toronto Star)

“Ron Davis…[is] on a mission to shake up the stereotype of the typical jazz audience by tackling his repertoire differently in an effort to regain the enthusiasm that the genre deserves. [He] succeeded in technicolour…real magic…this quartet smokes and crackles across a wild menagerie of oblique angles and least-suspected covers to create something entirely of their own making. Mission accomplished, Mr. Davis… sophisticated sonic pleasure… fresh colour combinations and inventive textures…lends the concept of eclecticism a truly positive and progressive spin.” – eJazzNews

« André Rhéaume … nous a chaudement recommandé ce nouveau disque de Ron Davis... très groovy, ludique et funky... Le mec est insaisissable. C’est un excellent pianist… Mais il est surtout un chercheur, un chasseur de sons et d’harmonies, et un sans peur en matière de répertoire.« - Espace Musique

“a jazzy and funky sonic ride…a soulful vibe propelled by Davis’ soaring piano solo…entertaining, thought-provoking Jazz…Ron Davis and his group showed the audience that with Jazz, there are no boundaries as to where music can go…a great night with a great band” SpillMagazine.com

“The album sounds great, really liked it! It's on the JazzWorldQuest choice selection of the month" - JazzWorldQuest.com

“…puts a refreshing jazzy spin on a truly eclectic collection of songs from the pop and rock genres. Check this out for a diverse grouping of artists covered: The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis and Sesame Street. Davis contributes some fine originals too, including “Pawpwalk.” The brilliant XTC hit “Making Plans For Nigel” is given a delightful twist here. … Highly recommended.” -corrieretandem.com

Ron Davis is on a mission, realized on his 8th release, Blue Modules.

It’s all about his drive to move jazz somewhere where it hasn’t been for years – back to its rightful, appreciative audience. In recognition of the birth of jazz, when it proved to be the ‘pop’ of its day, Ron Davis has made it his charge to wade well past the tired, ‘playlist’ standards that pass for the jazz of +today and, surrounded by a top-flight crew of innovative players and instrumental leaders, Davis has pushed to evolve a fresh definition of jazz which embraces classical, funk, rap, blues, world and even country music – removing the borders which can often get in the way of honest appreciation.

Blue Modules is his seismic shift in this new direction. His band is comprised of Ross Macintyre on bass, Roger Travassos on drums and percussion but also adds guests like the electrifying Donna Grantis on guitar and actor Diego Matamoros on vocals. Boasting a truly eclectic mix of songs you’d never expect to find on a jazz release, all tied together in the spirit of improvisation amongst like-minded adventurers, is exactly the point.


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Arthur Fish

Jazz for today from a Master musician
This is a truly beautiful recording. I've been waiting for a master jazz musician to respond to to-day's pop music as the heroes of the music did to the pop of their day. Ron Davis has now done it. If, like me, your musical loves include Radiohead, Bill Evans and the Jimi Hendrix of Electric Ladyland this is for you. Two things stand out for me. When I listened to this record I felt completely enfolded into a unique sonic world - as I do when I listen to Radiohead or Bjork. And Ron Davis approaches pop songs and the palette of electric and electronic sounds in a way that is completely his own. The irrepressible Rhythm-a-Ron, deeply steeped in jazz tradition and a powerhouse keyboard virtuoso, is present and accounted for, but he mutes his exuberance just enough to set up an entrancing tension with the electronic timbres he and his bandmates deploy. The dance is in the music. The song choices and sequencing are really effective. He does not "recompose" pop songs in the usual bop or post-bop manner so much as elicit their immanent content. It's a new way of doing jazz, and only a very intelligent musician could have come up with it. I've always liked Bill Evans's "Conversations With Myself" but viewed it as an interesting, failed experiment. Blue Modules starts where Evans finished, and is a wonderful artistic success - with the promise of more to come.