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Live at the Jazz Corner

by Bob Reynolds Quartet

Fresh originals and arrangements of standards brought to life by sax, piano, bass and drums, and captured live during two nights at a great jazz club.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sudden Inspiration
9:46 $0.99
2. Autumn In New York
11:39 $0.99
3. Where Did You Come From?
10:09 $0.99
4. The Day Before May
9:55 $0.99
5. What's New?
9:34 $0.99
6. Time Alone
8:48 $0.99
7. You Don't Know What Love Is
11:34 $0.99
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Album Notes
Featuring Bob Reynolds on saxophones, Justin Varnes on drums, Kevin Bales on piano, and Michael Blanco on bass, this CD is a fantastic representation of what can happen when great musicians get the chance to document a dynamic performance in front of an enthusiastic audience.

Bob Reynolds has performed with a wide range of amazing musicians including Brian Blade, Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers, Gregory Hutchinson, Eric Harland, Kevin Mahogany, Donald Harrison, Cindy Blackman (Lenny Kravitz), Hubert Eaves (Eryka Badu), Walter Beasley, DJ Logic, Eric Krasno (Soulive), and Bob Brookmeyer. He has performed throughout New York at clubs like the Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Smoke, and The Village Underground, as well as various jazz festivals and clubs throughout Europe and Japan. Bob has led his quartet in featured performances at prestigious venues such as the Monterey Jazz Festival (CA), The JVC Jazz Festival (NY), and The Phoenix Jazz Festival in Kobe, Japan. The group was recently showcased on the BBC World Wide Radio program, "Jazzmatazz" with Alyn Shipton.

During his senior year of high school at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Florida, Bob received a scholarship to attend Boston's Berklee College Of Music. While still a student, he performed at the Kennedy Center, toured Europe and Japan, recorded for the BMG Jazz Foundations Label, and received numerous awards including Billboard Magazine's prestigious Billboard Endowed Scholarship for 1999/2000.

After graduating summa cum laude from Berklee in the spring of 2000, Bob moved to New York to immerse himself in its thriving music scene. The buzz about him has already begun to grow. "I am familiar with no better young tenor player emerging from school and just about to hit the scene than Bob Reynolds," says Aaron Goldberg, (Joshua Redman). "[He] swings with a clarity of ideas that bespeaks a quick and musical mind. I am certain that he has a big future in the music."



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Sarah Colvin

Live at the Jazz Corner is (Suddenly) Inspriational
"Live at the Jazz Corner" is so profound, energetic, and innovative it will make you question how such a young mind can produce such mature musical expressions. “Sudden Inspiration” (Reynolds), the first song on a CD full of enticing musical thoughts, is justly named as it captures the listener and prepares them for the many phenomenal and revolutionary moments to come. Between Bob’s blazing sound and imaginative, mature compositions, Kevin’s (piano) musical prowess and inspiring juxtaposed harmonies, Michael’s (bass) enticingly artful approach and soulful “voice” and Justin’s (drums) sizzling solid ride this album is sure to burn a place in your mind that will last forever.

Live at the Jazz Corner is full of the inventive nuances that separate the giants of today’s jazz world from good yet ordinary musicians. These four men emerge victorious when tackling standards like “Autumn in New York”, “What’s New?”, and “You Don’t Know What Love Is”. Bob’s arrangements vivaciously shine as he leads his band through a delightfully fervent and swingin journey of complex rhythms and harmonies. Songs like “Time Alone” (Reynolds), a soulful ballad, have all the makings of a new standard. Each note Bob plays is so full of expression that they beseech the listener to stop and take notice as a story of tenderness and moments spent in reverence unfolds. It is a rhapsody that lingers on your mind for more than a moment after it has passed.

“Where Did You Come From” (Reynolds) is just as heartfelt, as it playfully and joyously dances and weaves its way through a beautiful and memorable melody. It is strangely reminiscent of the third movement of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony in the way Bob, like Beethoven, turns to human inspiration to portray a delightful meeting of people. Yet, in true jazz fashion, we are introduced to the piece much differently. Justin, Michael and Kevin open the piece with a modern swing that enhances each remarkable twist and turn as the composition takes shape. Justin’s performance in this piece is stellar as he demonstrates sensitivity to each musician as the mood ebbs and flows. Justin proves to be the energy and driving force though every piece on this album as he provides an unyielding pulse that is never over the top or out of place. Kevin’s solo in "Where Did You Come From" is spectacular, at the climax you can almost feel your spirit lift off the ground as your mind clings to every note. Rich and full of soul, Kevin’s mastery of the piano is apparent and worthy of every critics praise.

One of the most surprising moments on the album occurs in “The Day Before May” (Reynolds) when bassist Michael Blanco plays a breathtaking two and a half minute solo that winds its way through Bob’s delectable melodies with ease. His rich and tender sound resonates through each passage as he plays. Michael's musical prowess is refreshing and inspiring. His vision is clear and his ability is remarkable as he breaks through the confines of the typical bass role and explores each piece with an artfully melodic approach.

Finally, and most notable of all, Bob Reynolds’ performance is, by far, one of the best I have heard given by any modern day saxophone player or composer. Each note he plays drips with musicality. His instinct is electrifying. Bob is truly one of today’s most talented young musicians.

In conclusion, I am hard pressed to find a better live performance by a young group of musicians in my CD collection, as this is truly exceptional. Bob Reynolds, Kevin Bales, Michael Blanco and Justin Varnes are masters of their instruments, and when they come together, they make magic happen. Live at the Jazz Corner is not only a document of a brilliant performance, it is history in the making. I can’t wait to see what’s next! Thanks guys!

Juan Rollan

An incredible moment in jazz history. Don't miss it!
It's always refreshing to hear music of this caliber. The masterful quartet swings beautifully through arrangements of such jazz classics as "What's New?", "Autumn in New York" and "You Don't Know What Love Is". Most impressive, however, are Bob's own compositions. He has a rare gift for melding harmonic sophistication with a strong sense of groove and soulfulness. If "Live at the Jazz Corner" is any indication, then Bob Reynolds has a wonderfully bright future indeed. Highly Recommended.

Matt Taylor

Jazz Music at its best
I was actually at the Jazz Corner the night that this group recorded this CD. What can I say other than it's really great jazz. I really love how the group plays standards with an original feel, like "What's New". I've listened to this CD so much I think I'm going to burn a hole in it!! If you are looking for great jazz that really makes you tap your toes, this one's for you!

Rosiemarie Cruz

Live at the Jazz Corner
I love this CD!!

Jameel Roberts

I got this cd last week and I haven't put it down yet.
Take it from a fellow saxophonist, Bob is a great player and the band swings hard. All of the tunes are well thought out. I highly recommend that anyone into REAL swinging music buy this album. Bob, keep recording. I like what you're doing.