Primary Instrument: Guitar
Representing three continents, Burning Gums is a fresh new color on the seemingly endless palette of jazz guitar bands. The trio's debut album contains nine exciting tracks showcasing high caliber musicianship expertly navigating between the many styles of music from samba to swing. Interesting compositions and unusual arrangements of classics like So What and Killer Joe will keep listeners pleasantly alert. Norbert Marius’ smooth bass grooves provide solid foundation for guitarist Ron Jackson’s sophisticated improvisations, which are expertly matched by Matsu Hiroyuki’s energetic drumming, all creating the very special sound of Burning Gums. A sound that will make its mark! A true jam.
The Burning Gums is Ron Jackson-Guitar (USA)Norbert Marius- Bass(Hungary) Hiroyuki Matsuura-Drums and Percussion.(Japan)
Ron Jackson is a New York based jazz guitarist, composer, arranger, producer, recording artist, and instructor. To say Ron Jackson is well traveled would be an understatement. He has performed and recorded in over 20 countries as a bandleader and ensemble performer, and is well established in the international jazz scene. Ron's style of guitar playing and compositions is a blend of jazz, and other American styles such as soul, rhythm and blues, pop that is influenced by his roots of the Philippines. Ron is experienced in many musical idioms and brings it all together in his unique approach to playing jazz guitar. Ron has recorded and performed with jazz, blues and World music, greats such as, Taj Majal, Little Anthony and The Imperials, James Spaulding, The Boys Choir of Harlem, The Metro Mass Choir, Mor Thaims Drums of Fire, Irene Reid, Hal Singer, TK Blue, Sarah Dash, Gene Anthony Ray, Cecil Brooks III, TAO, Melvin Rhyne, Jimmy McGriff, 5 Guitars Play Mingus, Cissy Houston, Kevin Powell,Ralph Peterson, Russell Malone, Larry Coryell, Jack Wilkins, Don Braden, Craig Handy, David Krakauer's Klezmer Madness,Renee Manning,Earl Mcintyre, Clark Gayton, Benny Powell, The Metro Mass Choir, Benny Golson, Randy Weston, Ron Carter, Oliver Lake, Leo Wright, Jaki Byard, Mulgrew Miller, Winard Harper, Akua Dixon, Kenny Drew Jr., Olatunji, Gwen Guthrie, Dee Dee Bridgewater,Raul Midon Jimmy Cobb, Rufus Reid, Larry Coryell, Jeff “Tain”Watts, Bernard Purdie ,Dewey Redman, Howard Johnson, Benny Powell,Dr. Lonnie Smith, Gary Bartz, John Hicks, Ron Blake, Akira Tana, Pucho and the Latin Soul Brothers and Candido to name a few.obb, Rufus Reid, Larry Coryell, Jeff “Tain”Watts, Bernard Purdie ,Dewey Redman, Howard Johnson among many others. Norbert Marius started taking piano lessons at the age of eight. After developing an interest in jazz and funk, he began playing upright and electric bass at the age of 14. He studied at the Bartok Bela Jazz Conservatory in Budapest, the Cologne Music Institute, earned numerous scholarships before graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1987. Since moving to New York City in 1988, Mr. Marius has performed with the Fifth Dimension, Melba Moore, Screaming Headless Torsos, and many others. He has toured the US, Europe and Japan. Besides being a bassist, Norbert is an active composer, and producer of dozens of instrumental and vocal tracks. Screaming Headless Torsos,David Fiuczinsky,The Fifth Dimension, Melba Moore,JoJo Mayer, Rodney Holmes,Jackie Terrasson,Ed Cherry,Roy Meriwheather,Gil Silverbird,Arturo Tappin,Mark Johnson, Delmar Brown,Bill Sims Jr.,Denzell Miller,Marlon Browden,Jerome Van Rossum, Victor Jones, John Lang (Mister Mister) Hiroyuki Matsuura has performed and/or recorded with Grammy winning bassist, Hector Maximo Rodriguez (Spanish Harlem Orchestra); Grammy winner, Oriente Lopez; multi-platinum producer/musician, Vernon Jeffrey Smith (Whitney Houston, Paula Abdul, Heather Headley, Des’ree, The Family Stand); Grammy nominated R&B/jazz pianist, Marc Cary;Harry Whitaker, Sheila Jordan, Ray Gallon; distinguished composer/arranger, leader and pianist of the Gotham Jazz Orchestra, Mike Holober; jazz trombonist and author, Scott Reeves; the most sought after guitarist of the generation, Adam Stoler (Richard Bona, Keiko Matsui); classically trained R&B singer- songwriter, Yahzarah (Grammy winning Erykah Badu); jazz~gospel singer/Broadway legend, Boncellia Lewis, Shelley Nicole’s blaKbushe; Yaz Band; reggae legend, Milton Henry; jazz~reggae guitarist, Justin Rothberg; the best reggae/ska band in NY, Jammyland Allstars; world music~African reggae singer from Ivory Coast, Sekouba Diakite; Welfare Poets; percussionist of 2005 Latin Grammy nominated Los Pleneros de La 21, Juan Usera; R&B~hip hop star, Akil Dasan ( T h e R o a d T o S t a r d o m With Missy Elliot on UPN);Sophia Bastian…. He has shared the stage with such Grammy winners, hip-hop group the Roots, Corey Glover of Living Color, and legendary jazz bassist Charnett Moffett.
A stylistic tour de force, this self-titled trio effort manages to take in many of jazz music’s most notable influences,...Even at the end, it’s clear that there isn’t much these three can’t do. This self-titled release could have been twice as long, and never gotten old. Rating: 5 stars (out of 5) Nick DeRiso, Review You
Burning Gums, like all good albums, will present something new to you with each listen. And you’ll keep going back to find more. David Hodge, GuitarNoise.com