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....
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