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Raised in Chicago’s northside and the youngest of several musical brothers, award-winning composer and pianist Rob Ryndak led his own rock band playing the drums while still in grammar school, actively performing at parties and talent shows. Yet, a little over a decade ago, the horn lines and rhythmic cadences he presents today were about as far removed from Rob’s life as a jazz club is from a seminary, which is exactly where Ryndak really honed the tools of his craft.

While studying percussion and taking basic piano courses at Triton College, Ryndak discovered the need to nurture his spiritual development and entered a Franciscan seminary. After four years of study and writing music for choirs and cantors, he realized his true vocation is music. With his return to the secular world, Rob Ryndak pursued his passion and musical studies with Frank Caruso, Laurence Hobgood, Hal Russell, Jake Jeiger, Alan Swain,
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ROB RYNDAK Moving Forward album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Moving Forward
Fusion 1996
ROB RYNDAK Boundless album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
World Fusion 1998
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Stay With It
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2001
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A Reason to Smile
Latin Rock/Soul 2007
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A Wonderful thing
World Fusion 2013
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Rob Ryndak & Tom Lockwood : Gratitude
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2019

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ROB RYNDAK Rob Ryndak & Tom Lockwood : Gratitude

Album · 2019 · Post-Fusion Contemporary
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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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