Affif, Ron(aldo Antunacci Charles)
- Gary W. Kennedy
(bPittsburgh, Dec 30, 1966). Americanelectric guitarist. He took up guitar at the age of 12 and was primarily self-taught. In 1984 he moved to Los Angeles, where he played with Jack Sheldon, Dave Pike, and Pete Christlieb. From 1987 he has led a quartet, in which his sidemen have included the pianist Brian O’Rourke and Andy Simpkins (both from 1987) and Sherman Ferguson (to 1989). In 1989, when Colin Bailey joined the group, Affif settled in New York. From around 1995 he has worked steadily at the Zinc bar in a trio with Essiet Essiet and Jeff Watts. He has also performed with Dave Kikoski, Leon Parker, Michael Carvin, and Ralph Lalama. Affif plays with a reckless assertiveness that lends immediacy to his cleanly articulated lines. Sudden contrasts of fast moving lines and tuneful motifs, and sudden changes in dynamics, are characteristics of his style. His early stinging, trebly, almost rock-derived sound softened somewhat when he changed the model of his guitar in the mid-1990s....