Ted Shaw, The Windsor Star

A CD recorded while John Morris Russell was still at the helm of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra is set for release in October.

Symphronica is the newest release from Toronto composer and jazz artist Ron Davis, who performed the work with the WSO and Russell, now conductor of the Cincinnati Pops, in January 2012.

In my review of that concert, I wrote: “The classically trained Davis fused orchestral music to jazz in works that quote such composers as Bach, Prokofiev and Stravinsky. … The orchestrations are reminiscent of the symphonic early recordings of Chuck Mangione and the orchestra sessions Miles Davis did with Gil Evans.”

The album is highlighted by a reel based on a Quebec fiddle tune played by WSO concertmaster, Lillian Scheirich.

The CD will be released Oct. 1 and officially launched at concerts at Toronto’s Lula Lounge in late October, early November. Those concerts will feature two Windsor musicians, violinist Anna Atkinson and cellist George Meanwell along with Davis’ performing trio of Kevin Barrett, Mike Downes and Roger Travassos.