Convergence Review – Ted O’ Reilly

I’d guess I’m on about my fourth generation of tenormen in Toronto: sort of Teddy Davidson/Hart Wheeler/Phil Antonacci to Bill Goddard/Rick Wilkins/Doug Richardson to Pat LaBarbera/Mike Murley/Alex Dean and now, Ryan Oliver. If the first half-dozen names aren’t really familiar to you, it’s not their fault or yours. There just weren’t that many recording opportunities three or four decades ago. These days, home studios and self-production allow many younger players to get their music out, some before they’re really developed fully. That’s not the case with thirty-ish B.C.-born Ryan Oliver, whose debut as a leader, “Convergence”, shows how ready he is as both player and composer, as six of the nine are his own tunes. He has a full-range horn, rich at the bottom and true at the top, acknowledging masters like Trane and Dexter Gordon. Five tracks are played by a quartet with a strong rhythm section of Bernie Senensky on piano, Duncan Hopkins on bass and drummer Bob McLaren. On the rest, the quartet is expanded with Jake Wilkinson’s crisp trumpet, especially welcome on the bluesy Joe Henderson composition “Mamacita”, given that every version the writer made was with a trumpeter. He adds his shiny sound to a bustling interpretation of the standard “The End Of A Love Affair” and the opening and closing tracks, Oliver originals “Tune For Bernie” and “Pisces”. Ryan Oliver has become a first-call tenorman for many Toronto leaders and with this collection proves he’s ready to take over the city’s and country’s bandstands himself. 
Ted O’Reilly – WholeNote Magazine

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