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Ritual Communication

by Robert Jacobson

Ritual Communication creates a rare setting for exploratory musicianship to invoke its truest character without alienating its audience.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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1. T Bird Love
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2. Folk Stuff
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3. A Place Where I Have Not Been
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4. Meditation On S. Wonder
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5. I can't keep up with all the conspiracies
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6. Ballad for Bella
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7. Plevin
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8. Blue Moon
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Ritual Communication creates a rare setting for exploratory musicianship to invoke its truest character without alienating its audience. So, as initially soothing acoustic strums drive the comfort level onward towards weirder sections of perversely altered grooves and outside-meter improvisations, listeners can act out their alt-jazz fetishes with unfettered abandon. In other words, it is possible to dig great musicality undistracted by what makes it so exceptional.



T Bird Love

Yes, yes, all this worldly influence on Western musicality is vital and everything, but it’s become too easy around here to submit to a mass cultural inferiority complex. It’s reassuring to know travelers like dearest Tbird Luv, whose indelible footprints show older worlds that mysticism can still exist in modern soil. Cheers to the American city girl worthy of an invitation to join remote Indonesian mountain tribesmen for shamanic rituals and Happy Meals.


Folkstuff

Mature ratings are inevitable when the right instruments blend their players’ collective urgency to hotwire a lusciously tense pedal-based vehicle and careen through windy streets towards downtown. The overcoat-clad occupants of this track seem to be in a bit of a shady, electric, midnight-ish mood. Perhaps a little blast of Brubeck on the radio is all that is keeping them from getting arrested.


A Place Where I Have Not Been

An oddly-metered minor key seems unlikely to calm after a hectic night, yet this subtly eclectic piece lays you back from the unhinged into a kind of coastal cruise through Mediterranean waters. Rarely does one feel so immediately comforted by such foreign lands. This track feels so much beauty that the return home is almost tragic.


Meditation On S. Wonder

Purists may want to skip this contemplative acoustic guitar improvisation or risk becoming unwitting fans of hardcore punk music. Because anyone audacious enough to assault the jazz world with the slightest nudge of ‘80s mainstream pop music must be the only one in the mosh pit wearing a suit and tie. Now that’s punk.




Can’t Keep Up With The Conspiracies

The inquisitive, by now, will have begun to consider how effectively a composer’s seemingly amiable personality can cover up some rather unsettling inner polarities. Despite their relatively calm tonal disguises, the instruments of this track are quickly exposed as tools of harmonic paranoia. How have we been so willingly deceived so deeply beneath this album? Let the theories abound, people.

Ballad For Bella

This piece almost gets up on its own to dim the lights and cork a bottle of pinot. If a late-night, enigmatic lullaby can indeed exist, let this passage strangely soothe while its edges remain intact. Though named for David’s little girl sleeping in the next room during its recording session, innocent younghj psyches may not quite attain inner peace falling asleep to this particular ambiance on a nightly basis

Plevin

The rhythm section keeps this dependably unusual tribe of westerners–L.A. westerners–loose but intact during the album’s culminating mecca eastward. The melodic passages are playful constructions of modern world complexities enjoying some much-needed R&R. A stream-of-consciousness element pushes and pulls but the steady gait of traditional folk-travel music patiently moves the caravan forward. Though visits with roadside pushers of nomadic life remain brief, this arrangement is clearly driving under plenty of influences, destination unobscured.

Dana Huffman
Los Angeles, California
November, 2010

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Ritual Communication

All compositions by Robert C, Jacobson

The Lehara and Tihai for Plevin was arranged by Jonathan Dimond.


T Bird Love
Robert Jacobson: acoustic guitars, electric guitars, synth
David Kelly: drum kit
Jonathan Dimond: electric bass
Tbird Luv: flute, voice
Randy Gloss: tabla, congas, riq, tamborim, rebolo and tan-tan
Brad Dutz: Paiste nipple gongs, Thai gong, Javanese gongs
John Wood: Rhodes keyboard, Hammond organ


Recorded by Kent Verderico on separate sessions between January and July 2003 at Blue Ribbon Studios, El Monte California; The Brewery, Los Angeles, California; Emoto Music, Santa Monica. California

Mixed at Blue Ribbon Studios, El Monte, California December 2004


Folkstuff
Alan Lechusza: alto saxophone
Jonathan Dimond:trombone
David Kelly: drums
Clark Sommers: double bass
Wayne Peet: Hammond B3 organ
Robert Jacobson: electric guitars

Recorded by Dan Pinder on November 3, 2002 at Cello Studios, Los Angeles California
Additional recording and post production work by Kent Verderico at Emoto Music, Santa Monica California
Wayne Peet’s organ recorded by Waybe at Newzone Studios, Mar Vista, California with assistance from Buzz Peet

Mixed by Rich Breen at Dogmatic Studios, Burbank, CA

A Place where I have not Been

Robert Jacobson: Flamenco guitar
Clark Sommers: double bass
Jonathan Dimond: water jug percussion
Bryan Landers: banjo
Alan Lechusza: Eb clarinet
David Kelly: drum kit

Recorded by Dan Pinder on Novermber 3, 2002 at Cello Studios, Los Angeles California

Mixed by Rich Breen at Dogmatic Studios, Burbank, CA


Meditation for S. Wonder

Robert Jacobson: acoustic guitar
Recorded and mixed by Kent Verderico on June 22, 2002 at Blue Ribbon Studios(The Brewery), Los Angeles California


I can’t keep up with all of the conspiracies

David Kelly: drums
Robert Jacobson: electric guitar
Clark Sommers: double bass

Recorded by Dan Pinder on Novermber 3, 2002 at Cello Studios, Los Angeles California
Mixed by Rich Breen Burbank at Dogmatic Studios, Burbank California


Ballad for Bella

David Kelly: drums
Robert Jacobson: electric guitar
Aaron Kohen: double bass

Recorded on May 1, 2004 and mixed on May 9, 2004 by Kent Verderico at Blue Ribbon Studios El Monte, California


Plevin
Jonathan Dimond: tabla
Robert Jacobson: electric guitar
Alan Lechusza: alto saxophone
Jennifer Roth: alto Flute
Clark Sommers: double bass
Dave Kelly: drum kit
Wayne Peet: Hammond B3 organ

Initial tracking recorded by Dan Pinder on November 3, 2002 at Cello Studios, Los Angeles, California
Additional recording by Kent Verderico at Emoto Music, Santa Monica California

Wayne Peet’s organ recorded by Wayne at Newzone Studios (Mar Vista) with assistance from Buzz Peet
Post production work by Wayne Peet

Mixed by Rich Breen at Dogmatic Studios, Burbank, CA

Blue Moon

Robert Jacobson: voice and electric guitar
Recorded and mixed by Kent Verderico on April 24. 2004 at Blue Ribbon Studios, El Monte, California



This recording was mastered by Stephen Marsh on April 7, 2005 at Threshold Sound, Santa Monica, California

Rich Breen mixed tracks Folkstuff, A Place Where I have not been, I can't keep up with all the conspiracies, and Plevin October 20, October 21, and December 13, 2004


Robert C. Jacobson compositions published by Trebor Nosbocaj Music BMI.


Technical notes:

T Bird Love was recorded using 16 bit E-mu Darwins and mixed on a custom DDA AMR-24 analog console
Tracks 2, 3, and 5 were recorded on a PT HD system

Plevin was initially recorded on a PT HD system but subsequent sessions were recorded on PT and DP.

Blue Moon and Blues for Bella were recorded live to 2” analog tape (Emtec 911 and Quantegy GP9 respectively)at 15 ips and mixed on Kent Verderico’s custom DDA AMR-24 console.

Other CDs by Banana Bread Records include
Scott Farr’s Jazz Farm
Robert Jacobson Vol. 1
Coldwater

Note to the People for Ethical Treatment of Effects (PETE)
No pedals were abused during the making of this recording


Brad Dutz endorses
Remo
Paiste
Yamaha
Vic Firth
Mountain Rhythm

Randy Gloss endorses
Remo world percussion and drumheads,
Paiste
cymbals and gongs
Cooperman frame drums,
Mountain Rhythm congas and djembes.


My gratitude goes out to the musicians, engineers, family, friends, and mentors who made this recording possible.

Special Thanks:
My parents, Mel & Cynthia Jacobson
Dr. Kevin Boon
Dr. Mark Switzer
Scott Tenant
Ben Monder
Theo Bleckmann
Jimmy Wyble
Ian Hattwick
Andrew Campbell
Kent Verderico
Wayne Peet
G.E. Stinson
Dana Huffman
Bill Barrett
Kristina Leonardi
Carey Fosse
Alan Lechusza
Jennifer Roth




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Alicia Dattner

Delicious
Wow, Robert. It's a stunning work of eclectic reverie.
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Charles Lindsay

looking out an airplane window
I first listened to this work in it's entirety while on a flight to Iceland, looking out the airplane window, without distraction. And it was perfect. Highly recommended.
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Victoria Von Roth

Ritual Communication
Totally unexpected. Robert Jacobson is a brilliant talent. Composer, musician, singer and producer. He does it all. Unique, magical and haunting compositions.
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