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Portrait of Ron EschetéRon Escheté

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Ron Escheté (pronounced ESH-tay) is the consummate master of the seven-string guitar. Whether he is playing bebop, ballads or blues he is a musically sophisticated guitarist who plays with grace and dignity. "Escheté is one of the finest jazz guitarists in L.A.—no small achievement in a region dense with superb players," says Jim Ferguson of JazzTimes. His deft and nimble fingers paint a spectrum of sound so rich that his voicings are often compared with those of a pianist. 20th Century Guitar likens his sound to that of the great Bill Evans.

Escheté is currently performing and recording with the Ron Escheté Trio, featuring Todd Johnson on six-string bass and Kendall Kay on drums. While he has long been regarded as one of the finest guitarists in mainstream jazz, now Escheté ranks as an innovative leader for his work with this ensemble. "The Escheté Trio is as polished as the classic Modern Jazz Quartet. This is a unit that speaks with a single voice. It is a voice of brilliant musical reason." —Jim Merod, Jazz News. What is most unique about the sound of this trio is the depth and texture created by the coupling of Escheté's seven strings with Johnson's six strings. The outcome—"a rich tapestry of melody, harmony and teamwork," says Hal Howland for Modern Drummer Magazine.

 

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