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by Reg Schwager

The latest recording by Toronto jazz guitarist Reg Schwager with an all-star quartet that includes Don Thompson, Neil Swainson and MIchel Lambert.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Resolute (feat. Don Thompson, Neil Swainson & Michel Lambert)
8:03 $0.99
2. The New Four (feat. Don Thompson, Neil Swainson & Michel Lambert)
6:20 $0.99
3. Delphinus (feat. Don Thompson, Neil Swainson & Michel Lambert)
8:48 $0.99
4. They Didn't Believe Me (feat. Don Thompson, Neil Swainson & Michel Lambert)
6:19 $0.99
5. Recollection (feat. Don Thompson, Neil Swainson & Michel Lambert)
6:26 $0.99
6. Four Eyes, Pt. 1 (feat. Don Thompson, Neil Swainson & Michel Lambert)
4:58 $0.99
7. The Lonesome Scenes of Winter (feat. Don Thompson, Neil Swainson & Michel Lambert)
7:18 $0.99
8. Saturday You're Here (feat. Don Thompson, Neil Swainson & Michel Lambert)
5:42 $0.99
9. Another Story (feat. Don Thompson, Neil Swainson & Michel Lambert)
7:55 $0.99
10. Four Eyes, Pt. 2 (feat. Don Thompson, Neil Swainson & Michel Lambert)
4:14 $0.99
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Album Notes
Reg Schwager - Delphinus

01. Resolute (Reg Schwager) 8:03
02. The New Four (Reg Schwager) 6:20
03. Delphinus (Reg Schwager) 8:47
04. They Didn't Believe Me (Jerome Kern/Herbert Reynolds) 6:18
05. Recollection (Reg Schwager) 6:26
06. Four Eyes (part 1) (Reg Schwager) 4:58
07. The Lonesome Scenes of Winter (traditional) 7:18
08. Saturday You're Here (Reg Schwager/Jeannette Lambert) 5:41
09. Another Story (Reg Schwager) 7:55
10. Four Eyes (part 2) (Reg Schwager) 4:14


Reg Schwager - guitar
Don Thompson - piano
Neil Swainson - bass
Michel Lambert - drums

recorded June 17, 2014 at Number 9 Studios, Toronto
Bernie Cisternas - recording and mixing engineer
Jeff Elliott - mastering engineer
produced by Reg Schwager

design and portraits by Jeannette Lambert
band & studio photos by Kiki Misumi

“As the lonesome scenes of winter in stormy winds do blow, Clouds around the center incline to frost and snow.”
- from The Lonesome Scenes of Winter

They say Canadians like to talk about the weather but then much of the time it’s difficult to ignore. I’m not sure where I first heard this tune, probably on an LP of folk songs I borrowed from the library, but it stayed with me and I’ve wanted to record it ever since. I thought it would be fun to treat it as a free ballad and to provide an opportunity to hear Don Thompson do some open playing on it. Four Eyes is another free-ish piece which I wrote for this CD and Don played so beautifully on both takes I couldn’t decide which take to include here. So I included both of them.

Resolute is a hamlet in Nunavut, at the northern end on the Northwest Passage. It’s definitely the farthest north that my musical travels have taken me.

Delphinus is Latin for dolphin and the name of a constellation in the Northern sky. One of the myths associated with it involves the 7th century B.C. Greek musician/poet Arion who was returning from a successful tour of Italy when a group of sailors decided to murder him and steal his gig money. But they granted him a final wish - to play one last song which attracted a school of dolphins to the ship. Arion was able to jump overboard and be carried back to Greece by one of the dolphins.

They Didn’t Believe Me is a beautiful melody by Jerome Kern. I tinkered with the chords on this arrange- ment, inspired by George Shearing’s arrangements. I was usually playing the melody in Mr. Shearing’s band, but I would hear all these mysterious, magical harmonies floating around me. It took all I had sometimes just to focus my own part and not be swept away by them. Don, Neil and I were thinking of Mr. Shearing when we recorded this.

I’ve been exploring different instrumental combinations on my recent CDs: guitar and piano with David Restivo on “Arctic Passage”; guitar and bass with Don, Neil, Pat Collins and Dave Young on “Duets”; guitar trio with drums and bass with Michel and Jon Maharaj on”Chromology”. When I figured it was time for guitar plus a traditional jazz rhythm section - piano, bass and drums - I thought immediately of Don, Neil and Michel. I was glad they were available for this project. I’ve played many hours and travelled many miles with these guys since the early 1980s. We succeeded in drawing from many aspects of our common musical experiences, ranging from playing standards to free improvisation, while the feeling remains fresh, comfortable and natural.

Special thanks to Kiki, Don, Neil, Michel, Jeannette, Agatha, Walter, JJ and Théo.

- Reg Schwager, Toronto, 2014



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