MP3 Rick Reynolds Group - Color Theory
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11 MP3 Songs in this album (64:49) !
Related styles: JAZZ: Contemporary Jazz, JAZZ: Crossover Jazz
People who are interested in John Scofield Mike Stern Weather Report should consider this download.
Color Theory, the debut album by the Rick Reynolds Group is a road trip of jazz, jazz/rock fusion and funk wrapped around Rick's unique approach to the guitar. The band consists of Rickâs longtime musical partner and fellow Lucky Henry alum, Greg Roth on bass, Bomani on drums, Chris Gardner on piano and Jim Andrews on Sax.
The first cut âBetter Than Everâ is an upbeat tune reminiscent of Wes Montgomery and George Benson. B.T.E. is already receiving attention at smooth jazz stations internationally. Just when you think you are going to experience another mellow jazz album, âThe Commuteâ comes in like a high-speed workday drive to Chicago on the Dan Ryan Expressway. It features Chris Gardner on piano as well as Rickâs trumpet (guitar synth) throughout. Another radio ready tune is âFree Spaceâ. This little funk piece starts with a drum computer before becoming a groove oriented and hook-laden feast (Larry Carlton lovers will hear the influence).
Staying true to the roots of what Rick calls outside-guitar jazz, âControlled Burnâ sounds like the burn is out of control and is spreading like wildfire! The release from the heat comes from interesting and original turnarounds with drum breaks.
In a recent interview with Rick, he stated that the seminal band Weather Report was hugely influential in his musical upbringing, (so much so that he called in sick to his job the day Jaco Pastorius died). In âTootsie Popsieâ, the listener is taken on a trip with Zawinul and Toots Tillman to Birdland. The song features great drumming by Bomani and the bass work of Greg Roth with jazz harmonica (guitar synth) on top.
During the initial writing phase of the album, Rick communicated with Dave Weckl about tracking the drums for âGTOâ and learned that Dave was a big fan of the great Pontiac as well. Going for a Mike Stern vibe, Rick thought Dave would be a great fit (Weckl and Stern often work together). Although Dave didnât work on the album, his advice on the groove helped Rick seek out a pocket-drummer and as luck would have it, he found Bomani.
âFoodâ is a beautiful and mellow release from the energy of the first six tunes, where space is golden.
As mentioned above, Rick was influenced by Weather Report. In âGetting Shorter in Jaco Cityâ the album pays homage to the group with the tasty and well placed sax work of Jim Andrews, the thundering drum work of Bomani and the bass of Greg Roth. âWe really want this album to translate internationally. We feel music like this will be accessible to fans regardless of where they are fromâ, Rick said recently in an interview.
What Ying is to Yang âThe Playerâ is to Color Theory. It conjures a menacing portrayal of a rogue who is at the same time a good person.
On âSesame Seedsâ one is again reminded that jazz is supposed to be a release and fun. When I heard Rickâs scatting on this song, I got the picture of fun!
In todayâs music world, albums are almost superfluous since many buy songs as downloads one at a time. On Color Theory the idea was to have an identity with some ebb and flow, to see and hear contrast. âPassing Dayâ was written as a tribute to Rickâs aunt who passed the same day a new baby was welcomed to his niece. It is a positive way to complete the album and cements Color Theory as a great ride through the musical landscape that is the Rick Reynolds Group.
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