"Certainly there are special people in every field of endeavor, but there is one category of these folks that we affectionately call "living legends". So it is with this historic recording of Ron Kischuk's Masters of Music trombone ensemble featuring the trombone playing of "living legend" Curtis Fuller. At the age of 80 when this recording was made in 2012, Fuller steps up with a freshness that belies his age. With an unbelievable resume of musical performance with such jazz giants as Dizzy Gillespie, Kai Winding, Art Blakey, Benny Golson, and the Jazztet. Fuller is still working as a performing musician and more than holding his own.
The arrangements for this album are superb, and the rhythm section is right on in a generally supportive role with occasional short solos and tasty fills. Fuller is a featured soloist on Yardbird Suite, Alamode (his own tune), It's Alright With Me and Straight No Chaser.
The backing trombone section plays as though inspired with fire and drive when called for on Yardbird Suite and It's Alright With Me. Then the ensemble shows sensitivity and expression on Enigma and Heaven. The balance and intonation are wonderful.
There is much to enjoy on this fine recording with the showcase of Curtis Fuller's talent. Thanks to Ron Kischuk for the concept, and for capturing these historic performances to the delight of trombonists everywhere." - Stan Pethel, International Trombone Association Journal 2015.
Fall 2018 Concert & Recording
"The Songs of the Cotton Club"
Live performance of the Masters of Music Big Band
Featuring Roger Ingram & Mike Williams
New "Art of the Sextet Recording
Arrangements from the groups of Art Blakey, Art Farmer, Curtis Fuller, Miles Davis, J.J. Jonhson
Ron at the Michigan Jazz Festival "Jazz at the Philharmonic" concert
Roger Ingram with Masters of Music Big Band
Masters of Music Big Band (minus 9)(plus 2) New CD Release
"I Love Paris" scheduled for July 2018
New J & K Recording
Upcoming release of a new J & K CD with Ed Gooch and Rob Killups. Rhythm section is Tad Weed, Jeff Halsey and Dave Taylor. To be released Fall 2018