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Wellsprings 2: Joyful

by Jack Urban and Glauber Ribeiro

This is peaceful music that will not put you to sleep. Beautiful, complex conversations between flute and piano.
Genre: Jazz: Crossover Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Greensleeves Across a Far Horizon
13:54 $0.99
2. Joyful
4:02 $0.99
3. Like a Dove
10:06 $0.99
4. Malacandra
5:10 $0.99
5. Breath
10:07 $0.99
6. Words of the Thunder
6:41 $0.99
7. Faithful Friend
4:48 $0.99
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Album Notes
I can hardly believe it took so long! The second "Wellsprings" CD has finally come out, more than ten years after the first. After several false starts, just when we were starting to doubt that we would ever record another one, we did!

Just like on the first one, this album was recorded entirely live and in real time. None of this music has been written down, but it was composed spontaneously at the heat of the moment. There are no fixes, no overdubs. What you hear in this CD is what happened back then. How does it sound? Let me know what you think. I think it sounds spectacular! Even better than the first one.

Unlike the first Wellsprings album, which was done in many sessions over a period of more than a year, we recorded Joyful in one day: December 23, 2005. The sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton, IL (USA) was all decked up in red poinsettias for the Yule celebrations. The piano had just been tuned that same day. Nobody else was around. The acoustics were great. We used a 4-channel Roland digital music recorder, and did two long sessions, stopping only for burritos (the musical food).

The cover art is a photograph taken by Richard Sweeney of one of his amazing paper sculptures (used with his permission). This one is called "Pleat", and it's approximately a meter long, made of 200 gram paper. Please check out more of his art at http://www.richardsweeney.co.uk.

I hope you enjoy this CD as much as we do. Tell your friends!



Here's Glauber again, with a few notes on the album and how it was produced:

Despite having only seven tracks, this is a full length album, clocking just under an hour of music. We felt that to allow it to be longer than an hour would be too much. After all, we want to leave you wanting more, right? Here are the track lengths, as printed on the back of the CD case:

1) Greensleeves Across a Far Horizon: 13m 53s
2) Joyful: 3m 59s
3) Like a Dove: 10m 4s
4) Malacandra: 5m 6s
5) Breath: 10m 5s
6) Words of the Thunder: 6m 36s
7) Faithful Friend: 4m 48s

The recording captures a moment in the growth of these pieces. We've started calling our music "organic" because it is a living thing. We don't write it down. We start with the basic structure and work out the details over time. Most of the tracks in this album have been developed over a period of years, getting a little better every time we play them.

In these tracks, both instruments are equally important. The piano is not accompanying the flute, but conversing with it. Each musician presents musical ideas, reacts to what the other has just played, expanding or transforming it so the result is more than the sum of the parts. We started this process in the first Wellsprings album, but I believe we took it to a higher level with Joyful.

Most of these tracks were entirely composed this way, starting with a basic harmony and melody structure by Jack. The first two tracks are slightly different because they were inspired by traditional melodies:

"Greensleeves Across a Far Horizon" compares and contrasts two versions of this famous song. You will hear the more well known one first, then about halfway into the track we switch to an older version preserved in O'Neil's "Music of Ireland".

"Joyful", of course, builds on the theme of the final movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Played in a lower key than the usual, this melody acquires a calm peace that is rooted in joy.

"Like a Dove": in the Christian Bible, the dove is a symbol of God's Spirit. I like to imagine a dove flying over mountains, oceans, the vastness of Creation. There is a progressive and almost unbearable buildup of energy that leads to a very satisfying release around the seventh minute of music.

"Malacandra" is the name given to the planet Mars in C. S. Lewis' book "Out of the Silent Planet." Join us exploring a terrain of wonders seen for the first time.

"Breath": another Biblical reference to the Holy Ghost, God's Wind. Breath is life, and it's also what flute music is made of. For me, this song describes the arch of a life. Eventually, our breath runs out, and the music has to stop.

"Words of the Thunder" was originally a song done by Jack's Rock/R&B band Eyes of the Wind, and it celebrates the life of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. This is the only track where I also play a second instrument: the soccer whistle!

Faithful Friend: a beautiful name and a fitting piece to finish off the CD.



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M Richter

Echos of Pat Metheny
Several passages in “Joyful” cause me to sprint over to my collection to look up some Metheny or Keith Jarrett or Terje Rypdal album. They’ve long since departed in a now-forgotten iteration of downsizing, so I doubly appreciate remembering their simple-sounding aural beauty.

Seven fusion-laced meditations comprise the content of this CD, each with at least three movements, the longest track clocking in at perhaps ten minutes. Two or three of the tracks are built around familiar themes, like Greensleeves and the Ode to Joy, while others yield completely to improvisational expression inspired by Christian scripture (“Words of the Thunder”) or spiritual experience (“Like a Dove”). The last track, inspired by the resurrection (“Two Days After”), continues a theme established by one midway through the CD that is named after the uncorrupt planet, Malacandra, from C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy, so there may even be intellectual exercises here left for the listener (one more persistent than I).


A wonderful blend of flute, piano and light jazz ...
"Wellsprings 2: Joyful" is a fitting successor to "Wellsprings". A wonderful blend of flute and piano, mixed with the right touch of jazz. Whether you looking for music for meditation or inspiration, this CD will fill the bill. I sincerely hope Glauber Ribeiro and Jack Urban don't wait another 10 years before recording a third CD.

Bob Walters

Once again, Great Music!
After listening to "Wellsprings 2:Joyful" for over a month now I love it. Peaceful music with moments of alluring musical phrasing that take you into the depths of your mind. A full CD of seven well played arrangements. YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPOINTED!