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Forty-One Seconds

by The Rita Collective

The Rita Collective is a world jazz quartet that plays original compositions and arrangements written for the unusual instrumentation of bass clarinet, marimba, acoustic bass, and percussion.
Genre: Jazz: World Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Pentagonal Prism
6:24 $0.99
2. No Return
5:11 $0.99
3. Slow Snow
8:59 $0.99
4. The Astounding Eyes of Rita
9:26 $0.99
5. Sky Sketches
3:39 $0.99
6. Healing
4:39 $0.99
7. Dark Heart
6:22 $0.99
8. Dance with Waves
4:26 $0.99
9. Killing in the Name
5:41 $0.99
10. Gotta Gig
4:35 $0.99
11. Epilogue
3:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Rita Collective is an acoustic world jazz quartet from Rochester, NY that specializes is new and original compositions for the unusual instrumentation of bass clarinet, marimba, acoustic bass, and percussion. The members of the Rita Collective are Dean Keller (bass clarinet), Kristen Shiner McGuire (marimba), Kyle Vock (acoustic bass), and Matt Bevan-Perkins (percussion).

Forty-One Seconds is the first release from the Rita Collective. The music featured on this intimate recording is a collection of new and original works plus select arrangements written for the group’s unusual instrumentation (bass clarinet, marimba, acoustic bass, and percussion) by the group’s leader, Dean Keller and commissions from David McGuire. This recording captures the improvisatory interplay and dynamic sensitivity of the group exploring everything from film noir, to tone poems, middle-eastern melodies, and even a little funk.

The idea to form the group sparked when bandleader, Dean Keller, heard The Astounding Eyes of Rita by Tunisian oud master, Anouar Brahem in 2010. “His disc has such an honesty, warmth, and grace that I had to listen to it over and over. I knew then that I needed to find the players to make music like that!” says Dean.
The Rita Collective has a sound and feeling rarely found in the Jazz world. The bass clarinet is at times hauntingly lyrical and at other times deeply sinister, a fascinating compliment to the beautiful woody tones of the marimba. Altered drum kit reaches beyond the traditional color pallet of drum set to infuse the music with a diverse world beat, and acoustic bass supports the melodies with a strength and warmth that rounds out the group. Together, these wooden instruments resonate with a warmth and clarity that connects the listener to the music.

Program Notes by Dean Keller:
1. Pentagonal Prism is an exploration two very different styles that have influenced my playing over the years, middle-eastern and funk. The melody is harmonically derived from the blues, and rhythmically middle-eastern. I set it over two different roots and bass ostinatos to create a middle-eastern first half, and a funky second half.

2. No Return is an original written for The Rita Collective by David McGuire. It is an uptempo swing piece that conjures film noir in a very playful way.

3. Slow Snow is built on three phrases; a meditation, an ostinato, and an angular melody. Each voice in the group gets to play all three parts as the ideas are layered together in the development of the piece.

4. The Astounding Eyes of Rita is the title track from the ECM recording by Anouar Brahem. I included it on our first CD first, because it is a great melody, and also, as a way to say thank you to Mr. Brahem for inspiring the formation of the Rita Collective with his music.

5. Sky Sketches is a contrafact I wrote on Miles Davis’ Flamenco Sketches to feature the versatile flugelhorn playing of our friend Mark Collins.

6. Healing is an original tune I wrote after missing a gig and days of practice due to a split lip. It felt so great to play again after healing that the first six notes that came out that day, became the beginning of this melody.

7. Dark Heart is a moody piece written by David McGuire for the group. Kyle always says it reminds him of the inner workings of a clock, with many little parts all ticking away, sometimes separately and other times together.

8. Dance with Waves was the first tune I discovered on Anouar Brahem’s disc. I stumbled across it on youtube searching for ‘jazz bass clarinet’. Anouar’s group features the incredible bass clarinet playing of Klaus Gesing, whom I was fortunate enough to get a lesson with when he was in Rochester for the XRIJF in 2014 with Norma Winstone.

9. Killing in the Name might not seem to be the best fit to cover for a chamber music group, but with a few little twists, and some room for Matt to stretch out, it is an exciting addition to this recording.

10. Gotta Gig(ue) and 11. Epilogue are movements from a suite that Kristen wrote many years before the formation of the Rita Collective, but seemed such a natural fit for us to open up a little bit and have some fun with.



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