John Rangel – piano | Michael Glynn – bass | Cal Haines – drums
Tracklist: 1. It’s All Good -John Rangel 2. Bud’s Changes -John Rangel 3. Ouroboros – Michael Glynn 4. Herbie’s Mood – John Rangel 5. The Inventor – John Rangel 6. Inertial Sonnet – Michael Glynn 7. Afrikan Roots – John Rangel 8. Broken Rings – John Rangel 9. A Brotherhood – John Rangel
Recorded: February 27, 2011 at Free to Earth Music in Santa Fe, New Mexico USA. Produced by: John Rangel and Dave Weininger. Graphics/packaging design by: Cal Haines and Victoria Rogers
• “It’s All Good” was inspired by Oscar Peterson’s Trio, whose focus and sense of play always made you want to “pop” your finger and tap a foot regardless of the track, concert, or personnel. • “Bud’s Changes” is loosely based on “Bud’s Bubble” or “Crazyology”. Bud was the progenitor of Bebop piano. He was arguably one of the most significant pianists since Art Tatum, changing how pianists played jazz. Almost every jazz pianist since owes a bit to Earl “Bud” Powell. • “Ouroboros”, inspired by the complex melodies of Lennie Tristano, is named for the mythological serpent that eats its own tail. Long, snaking melodic lines wind their way through the tune, but always return to where they began. • “Herbie’s Mood” is dedicated to Herbie Hancock. Herbie’s touch, rhythmic sense and impressionist vocabulary is what we were after in this track. His career has been an incredible inspiration to be creative, original, grounded and well-researched. • “The Inventor” is dedicated to Ray Brown, who was integral to the Oscar Peterson Trio. The way he constructed his lines, arrangements, his soulfulness, technique, and time feel was unparalleled. Without Ray Brown, Oscar Peterson’s light may not have been so bright. • “Inertial Sonnet” title refers to the strong sense of forward motion found in the music of Lennie Tristano, the word sonnet here being used in its original meaning of “little song.” The title is also an anagram of the great pianist’s name. In Tristano’s tradition, the composition is based on the chord changes of a standard tune (“I Fall In Love Too Easily”), with a melody implying different meters and obscuring the original phrase lengths. • “Afrikan Roots” is dedicated to McCoy Tyner. In 1970 with his release of “Expansions’, it seemed like McCoy expanded past his American heritage and explored his Afrikan Roots. We explored a few modal structures and McCoy’s energetic dynamism on this tune. • “Broken Rings” is dedicated to Bill Evans and Erik Satie. The title comes from a melancholy moment when two friends who seemed so happy, divorced. Perhaps it was best for them, but it affected us. • “A Brotherhood” is dedicated to McCoy Tyner and the musical family in Los Angeles with whom John had the pleasure of playing for so many years. It seems that the Brotherhood has expanded to playing with Michael and Cal in New Mexico. John is grateful to have made this uplifting recording of this tune.
Original compositions by John Rangel and Michael Glynn inspired by the concert series