Ron Davis’s album, Shimmering Rhythm, takes us along from the start to an atypical universe. Davis’s very beautiful ensemble uses the space and great breathings between the lines, once one gets greatly interested for what it is said and for what it suggests. With ability, know-how and fickleness .... Ron Davis is a chameleon. He brings about twelve compositions joined together like a patchwork of generations and styles (Klezmer soul, Bach, Debussy, Bird, Guaraldi).
Indeed a chameleon fulfilling his mimetic law (Davis is actually a lawyer) languages, he holds a PhD in French linguistics and borrows jazz heritage with the naturalness of his gestures. Besides Science, Ron Davis studied music at the Royal Conservatory of Music and was a student of the late Darwyn Aitken and Oscar Peterson.
Always in the middle of the device, the piano alleviates and regenerates the collective dash. The flexibility of this unit makes a possible privilege to the soloist’s escapes. The Ron Davis Trio & The Shimmering Rhythm carve out the sound matter with a rare and formal intuition, going from the improvisations ("Shimmering Interlude #1", "Shimmering Interlude #2", "Shimmering Interlude #3"), exploiting the densities of textures in standard spaces ("Rhythmaron", "Pawpwalk" , "The Way You Look Tonight"), inside the Klezmer onirism ("Chassal Siddur Pesach", "Chassal Chassal"), waltzing Latin jazz ("Jeanamora"), in the gospel tradition ("Oratio"), interpreting a Welsh hymn ("Rhosymedre") up until the minimalism of a romantic part ("Les Angéliques").
Shimmering Rhythm offers well balanced phrases searching elegantly for the ideal note. From bari, soprano, tenor and clarinets enchased by the horn and the drums, to the intoxication of the cello and bass strings, taken in the flow of the viola/vocals, Ron Davis offers to his musician’s correspondence a rare tension. The very appealing opposition of styles between the lyricism and the contracted serenity of the "Chassal Chassal" explanation --prated by Ron’s father, a courageous survivor of the The Brown Plague--doesn’t lead to a redundant statement that this fine release bears an indisputable charm. Shimmering Rhythm is striking and smart from beginning to end.