L.A -based writer and singer Ron Boustead has blended up Smooth Jazz, Pop, Latin and Soul with his 2006 release, “Blend”. Having written material for many other great singers like George Benson, Jonathan Butler, the Four Tops, Arnold McCuller and Deniece Williams, Boustead applies his own vocal prowess to 10 new songs, as well as compelling cover versions of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition”, done down-tempo and funky, and the Carole King ballad, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” as a bona-fide smooth jazz classic.
Boustead is probably best known as the lyricist and featured vocalist with Contemporary Jazz Keyboardist, Gregg Karukas, having collaborated on many of Gregg’s CDs. Their songs “In My Dreams” and “Sound Of Emotion” in particular were radio hits in the early days of the “Wave” radio format.
“Blend” is all the more delicious thanks to the help of some great L.A. musicians like guitarists Grant Geissman, Thom Rotella and Phil Sheeran. Karukas plays acoustic piano on two tracks and mixed 11 of the songs. Soprano sax and flute are courtesy of Katisse Buckingham; and accordion virtuoso, Nick Ariando adds his flavor to three tunes, including a spicy solo on “So My Soul Can Sing”. The bottom end is solidly anchored by bassist Keith Jones.
The record was produced by Boustead and Paris-based writer-producer-keyboardist-programmer and singer, Michael McGregor. Much of it was done long distance via the internet.
Ron’s recent performances include L.A. jazz clubs, the Catalina Jazz Festival, and regular tours of Japan. Otherwise he can be found fine-tuning other artist’s projects at legendary Precision Mastering in Hollywood.