Rick Connolly | Boxing Above My Weight

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Boxing Above My Weight

by Rick Connolly

Pleasing jazz combo tunes as instrumentals for listening, dancing, sports, video support, travel . Many tunes have a Latin feel and others invite vocal interpretations that kindly stay with you . You'll whistle while you work with these tunes!
Genre: Jazz: Crossover Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Red Cheetah's in Newport
4:11 $0.99
2. Bunche Beach
3:30 $0.99
3. Yo, Jackson My Friend
6:35 $0.99
4. War's Got Me Down
4:33 $0.99
5. Camarones Rojos
3:51 $0.99
6. Hank's Farewell
3:42 $0.99
7. Desert Breeze
3:22 $0.99
8. A Child's Waltz Through Life
4:00 $0.99
9. Farenhight Iraq
3:08 $0.99
10. La Veranda
4:40 $0.99
11. Mr. Spuck Forever
4:53 $0.99
12. Hyde Park
3:58 $0.99
13. Siesta Cay
3:43 $0.99
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Album Notes
The album's 1st tune, Cheetah, is a reply to the Theme: The Pink Panther- a moving swing tune. Bunch Beach was written about a natural beach in south Florida capturing the different and sometimes funny activities that go on at the beach. Jackson was a study in how to be a "new" student at a later age, a lesson in giving respect. War's Got Me Down is a blues tribute to a Miles like feel with a muted horn. Camarones is a joyful tune, one that will stay with you when walking.

A good friend, Hank, moved on in life while leaving a treasure trove behind to his friends- the tune "... Farewell" honors that. Desert Breeze portray's the ocean of air that seems to just hover in the typical western US wide open spaces- when it's hot, a breeze is that refreshing moment. The only waltz on the album, A Child's Waltz through Life was inspired by children; their open, pure view on life early on and how they progress. Originally inspired in 2007, the Iraq tune was written to capture the raw feel of a high tech battle field. La Veranda is a mixing of the caribbean island sounds meeting Cuba's rhythmic complexity. Mr. Spuck is a playful answer to a well known TV series- imagine zooming away at light speed to new vistas. Hyde Park portray's that hot lazy afternoon under a shade tree- cold beverage in hand- when a friend happens by with the joy of friendship. And finally, Siesta Cay was inspired by the constant activity on that beach in south Florida- brightly white, fine sand, volleyball and the ocean's edge- all saying take a break for the moment. Peaceful, to be sure.

-Rick 2012



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Richard Diner

Aural Endorphins
This CD is strangely addictive for me. I start listening and realize after awhile that it has looped through several times. Reflecting on its effect, I find that the music transformed whatever I was doing. If I was just listening, I was relaxed, yet focused and smiling. If I was driving, I really enjoyed the passing scenery. If I was puttering around doing things, I found that the music shifted my mind to a happily engaged place. I've never had a CD that took me so many places I liked.

Steve Eaton, Songwriter

A really a great piece of work
Just recently a friend of mine gave me a new CD that he created called “Boxing Above my Weight” and sub-titled “Clean jazz for dance and the open road.” Rick Connolly is a musician friend of mine who plays killer Jazz guitar.

I have listened to it twice in my car while traveling to a couple of my own gigs and I have to say it is one of the best cruising CDs I have heard in quite a while. I like it because the arrangements are well structured with very colorful chord changes that take me back to the feelings I get when I listen to Henry Mancini.

I’m not sure which song on this CD is my favorite because I actually like them all. Any one of these compositions would fit nicely in a Peter Seller’s movie. If you like instrumental music that actually makes you feel good, this well produced and arranged compilation of 13 songs will adjust your attitude and put you in a great mood.

Johnie Thompson

Truth In Advertising
The cover states: "Clean jazz for dance and the open road" -- AT LAST I've found TRUTH IN ADVERTISING!!!
Actually, listening to this will make your day brighter whatever you're doing.

Jack Holland

Boxing Above My Weight has 13 interesting songs and I, personally, enjoy listening to the title track, “The Red Cheetah’s in Newport”- nice swing groove. One of the outstanding features of the collection is its style range. The album reflects a good span of rhythms, moods, and influences. A good example of this is on “Camarones Rojos,” which proposes the idea of vocal harmonies. It paints a beautiful feel with a simple tune idea that’s harmonized over an enjoyable musical structure. It’s neat stuff. If you do not own a copy, then consider this CD .