ROB RYNDAK — Rob Ryndak & Tom Lockwood : Gratitude

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Album · 2019

Tracklist

1. Equilibrium (3:40)
2. Whatever Happens (4:58)
3. Just as They Are (4:27)
4. Jackie McFunk (4:05)
5. Hermitage (4:32)
6. Two Against (5:16)
7. Gratitude (4:38)
8. So Little Time (5:11)
9. Interior Silence (4:34)
10. I'd Rather Die (4:56)
11. Dwelling in the Present (5:20)
12. Jardin & Giverny (2:57)

Line-up/Musicians

- Rob Ryndak / piano, percussion (2,4,6,12)
- Tom Lockwood / saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute
- Brian Lynch / trumpet, flugelhorn
- Sasha Brusin / electric and acoustic guitar
- Karl E.H. Seigfried / electric and acoustic bass
- Jeff Moehle / drums
- Victor Gonzalez Jr. / congas, bongos, percussion
- Nicah Rutschman / vibraphone
- Ryan Koranda / cello

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Apparently Rob Ryndak met Tom Lockwood when Lockwood bought a house in Ryndak’s neighborhood. When Rob went over to greet Tom they discovered that they were both pro musicians and educators with similar interests in jazz and world music. Soon Tom was performing in Ryndak’s band and the rest is history as they eventually decided to record an album together. The resultant CD, “Gratitude”, shows the two combining their song writing and performing talents into a diverse set of tunes that combine contemporary jazz, pop, RnB, hard bop, Latin and Caribbean grooves. To assist in their endeavor they brought in a variety of instrumentalists who help give each track its own distinct sound and tone color. Rob plays piano and percussion, while Tom handles all manner of woodwind instruments, to that they also added musicians on bass, drums, guitar, cello, trumpet, percussion, vibraphone and additional piano. Ryndak in particular creates creative orchestrations with his mini orchestra, particularly on the ballad like title tune, “Gratitude”.

Throughout the album, Ryndak’s tunes lean more towards the art pop side of things, while Lockwood’s favor swinging hard bop and Latin jazz. The first track is a Ryndak composition, while the second belongs to Lockwood, the tracks alternate this way for the rest of the album which makes for a nice musical blend. Bob’s song, “Just as They Are”, seems to reference a well known Latin folk song, but I will not give away which one, you will have to hear that for yourself. Most of the tunes are fairly concise and to the point, but there is still room for some great solos from Lockwood, Brian Lynch on trumpet, Sasha Brusin on guitar and Steve Talaga on piano. “Gratitude’ is more or less a jazz album, but there is plenty of melodic material that easily crosses over to fans of all manner of sophisticated instrumental music.

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