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Reflections- a ponderance on a moment in time, an individual, group, or place. The memories, which once seemingly mundane, are now, not as much pined for, as when the recognition of their refusal to hand over the past to erasure is realized. So they lay, rooted in the fiber of one’s soul until the next thought, sound, smell, or song awakens their restless sleep.
It is within this framework that I have recorded these songs. Nothing too profound should be read into their meaning, which are merely images, to rouse each listener to produce feelings of their own. As images, one is plainly expressed, the other implied. One is assuming while the other is reticent; one is fledgling, the other experienced; one is pain, the other is beauty. One is reality, the other a delicate dance between that to which we may feel entitlement or worth, or perhaps nonexistent.
With Kent Strand on piano, Ruth Davies on bass, Jeff Minnieweather on drums and percussion, Bill Dendle on Trombone and guitar, Noel Jewkes on Alto, Tenor, clarinet and flute, and Carolyne Swayze on vocals. Recorded on January 27 and 28, 2020 at American Federation of Musician’s Local 6 Recording Studios, San Francisco, CA
Dreamy – Erroll Garner, composer
Where or When – Richard Rodgers composer; Lorenz Hart lyricist
All Too Soon – Duke Ellington
The Japanese Sandman – Richard Whiting composer; R.A.Egan lyricist
The Endless Night – Ross Schneider
Can’t Get Out of This Mood – Frank Loesser composer; Jimmy McHugh lyricist
I’d Rather Drink Muddy Water – Eddie Miller
The Next Best Thing – Carolyne Swayze
Goodnight My Love – Mack Gordon and Harry Ravel words and music