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Growing up in Detroit’s famed Black Bottom, Boles’ earliest memories of musical influence came late in the night and early in the morning as he lay in bed listening to the jam sessions and rent parties in the apartments below. As a young student, Boles was mentored by the legendary pianist Barry Harris, regularly sitting in on brutally challenging and exciting jam sessions at Harris’ house.
On the new release Blue Continuum by the Charles Boles Quartet featuring Ron English, Boles’ piano playing is a perfectly seasoned mix of post bop and blues. Jazz and blues enthusiasts alike can rest assured; each cut on this record is a tasty morsel of music. All but two of the tracks are original compositions, four written by guitarist Ron English and five by Boles.