Ron Boustead: Mosaic
2013 Art-Rock Music (BMI)
Ron Boustead on Vocals
Piano/Keys: Fred Hirsch, Bill Cantos,
Andreas Aleman, Bill Cunliffe, Mitchell Forman
Guitar: Ramon Stagnaro, Greg Porée, Pat Kelley
Bass: Brian Bromberg, Keith Jones,
Bart Samolis, Greg Karukas, Don Aren
Drums/Percussion: Mike Shapiro, Munyungo Jackson,
Oscar Seaton, Luis Conte
Trumpet: Rick Braun
Saxophone: Steve Hoskins, Kirk Whalum
Flute: Katisse Buckingham
Rhodes/Electric Piano: Greg Karukas, Michael McGregor
Mitchell Forman: Organ
Cello/Violin: Simi Strings
Additional Vocals: Arnold McCuller,
Renee Stahl, Windy Wagner
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
September 7, 2013
This CD is a selection of ten recorded songs, sung by Ron Bousted, vocalist, with a wide variety of similar and new ensembles and arrangers. Throughout the CD, with Bousted’s mastering, there’s an eclectic sound and motif, with variations in amplification, tonality, volume of band backup, and vocal style. It makes for serendipitous listening, with refreshing acoustic variations.
#5 – And Now? – Composed by Fatima Guedes – Ron Bousted. This track has a tropical surreal sound, with mixed vocals by Bousted and Renee Stahl, with guitars, bass, drums, and percussion fused as one. It’s performed with contemporary, breezy casualness and melodic, repetitive refrains.
#8 – Everything Be OK – Composed by Michael McGregor-Ron Bousted. This fascinating track includes flute, guitar, and keyboard, with electronic sound in a contagious rhythm. In fact, there’s a Latin-Caribbean aura replete with syncopated tempo and rapturous flute, as Bousted’s vocals add multiple, echoing harmonies.
#9 – Whatever Happens – Composed by Bill Withers-Larry Carlton. The engineering on this CD is fantastic, especially on this track, with Windy Wagner joining Bousted for fused vocals that merge with keyboard, organ, guitars, bass, and percussion. The tonality and emotionalism are poignant and hip. Bousted’s vocals are presented best on these creative, final tracks.
#10 – Secret O’ Life – Composed by James Taylor. The value of adding strings, especially cello, cannot be overstated, on a vocal recording. The effect is rich and rewarding. Simi Strings (cello and violin) join Bousted on this final track, plus eloquent piano tunefulness, for a lush, lyrical finish.