Rick Connolly | Taking It Easy

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Taking It Easy

by Rick Connolly

Intuitive, insightful tunes that range from mellow jazz to Latin jazz to cross-over pop for enjoyable, uplifting listening. Great for that commute, hike or those moments in the sun.
Genre: Jazz: Crossover Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Love Suddenly Appeared
5:39 $0.99
2. Likeness
3:40 $0.99
3. Quiet Sunday
5:48 $0.99
4. I'm Listening Now
5:13 $0.99
5. High to Low and Back
4:32 $0.99
6. To Ask You
4:35 $0.99
7. A Better Place
3:58 $0.99
8. Clear Air
3:40 $0.99
9. Anna's Moment
2:36 $0.99
10. A Holiday Turning Point
3:23 $0.99
11. Thanks Sammy
5:16 $0.99
12. One Note Too Much (A Spoof Tune)
0:46 $0.99
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Album Notes
In every writer's experience there comes a time when you've finished a collection and it's sufficiently varied in nature that one word or category will not capture its' essence. Well, then again, maybe the word might be eclectic. Jazz has always been a basis from where I might start but it doesn't have to be harsh... choosing kind musical structure allows a pleasant but interesting result. "Taking It Easy" is great music while working, driving or for entertaining.

The first tune was written about a "love at first sight" moment. The solo depicts the new found buzz of that moment. Likeness pictures a happy, kinda bouncy 10 year old freckled girl smiling right at you. Sometimes on a Sunday, resolving thoughts of the last week's issues can appear in a quiet way thus Quiet Sunday works to that moment.

I'm Listening Now has a mellow "after the event" feel-- after the heartfelt discussion, after the tough issue, after the last time you will see someone or that last day on a vacation. A sad & happy time all mixed into one. High to low & back frames a moment of discovery only to later realize it's not true. The edgy solo speaks to the realization. Then, fully considered later, things will still be alright.

To Ask you is about finding a way to get to the bottom of something that's been in need of resolve. The solo depicts someone explaining their point & the bass plays a wandering hidden agenda with it's side travels. A Better Place was a more classical piece which was written for the loss of an old friend. The walking arpeggio from the harp gives a meditative layer.

Clear Air comes from that moment while walking out from work into a beautiful spring afternoon. The energetic solo gives life to those evening's plans. Anna's Moment is a tune for my daughter. It reflects some of life's lessons and that things get can better with time.

During the holiday season there can be so much activity, emotion can run high. A Holiday Turning Point gives voice to the arrival & then passing of the season. Thanks Sammy is a tune which attempts to captures the style of Sammy Nestico, a great writer of big band tunes. His charts have taught many. Thanks to you Sammy. Lastly, I couldn't resist writing a spoof tune for Pete Barbutti. His comedy is great fun.

Have that great day.



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Lynda J

Enjoyed this album very much!
I really enjoyed this album - so much that we have played it during break times in our concert venue. There are intriguing melodies that would lend themselves well to singing one day, should this artist decide to add vocals to the music. The vibraphone playing the melodies lends a classic jazz feeling to the songs. The engineering on the album is great, too - very clear and pleasing to the ear. Highly recommended!