Reflections CD



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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.

Carolyne Swayze

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

Author: Carolyne

Hailing from Chicago, Swayze relocated to California in the early 1970s, making a thirty-year career in local government. For almost that same length of time, she has performed as a pop/jazz singer, songwriter, and composer, working mainly on the San Francisco Bay Area hotel and country club circuits throughout the mid-1970s through the early 1990s. Working not only with various side-bands, Carolyne also sang with the Jimmy Diamond Orchestra for nearly twenty years. In 1995 she relocated to Sacramento, and in 2016, founded the Sacramento Jazz Cooperative, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to preserving classic jazz as an American Artform. In 2020, she released her second album, Reflections.

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