The fire of amorous nylon strings rip through your impassioned heart with resonance, pulsating from the guitar of Ron Murray in this unexpected debut treasure, "Romanza," from Whaling City Sound. Murray’s Latinesque style accents his talents quite nicely throughout most of the project, adorning the listener’s knowledgeable ear with another quality experience. This is a genuinely fine piece to take out of the gate!
Flamenco tinted arrangements allow the Latin appeal to sink into a number of cuts. So crisp and sharp, each chord is executed as it was meant from text teachings. However, unlike many who strive by text, Mr. Murray is able to set in motion the story of each piece from within his instrument. The finger work excites when asked to and subtle chords strum the heartache when the climax is called in to close the story--a wonderful way to express a tale through music. Mr. Murray has that insight to pull it off.
Covers such as Harrison’s "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and Mancini’s "Charade" is anything but just fillers on this project. They allow the listener to experience the full span of Mr. Murray’s expertise and fire. Bassist Mark Ballou and drummer Arti Dixson assist in making "Romanza" a first-class debut.
The heated, lust-filled emotion of the title track leads off the experience. Scented in that Latin style, "Romanza" starts off with a whimper then in a strike of a match, fires the juices within with exquisite chord work. The string work definitely demands the listener’s respect. This cut caught my full attention and deserved it.
I look forward to more from Mr. Murray in the form of true originals. It would be interesting to allow the spark of fire to take off in a total original concept. Mr. Murray has our attention, now lets keep it. I tip my glass to you sir, fine job.