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Before You Go

by Rob Spaulding

Jazz piano trio plays eclectic blend of enchanting ballads, essential blues, bossa grooves, and straight-ahead jazz; sophisticated yet subtle, breezy and hip.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Heading Out
3:35 $0.99
2. Endless Stars
5:14 $0.99
3. My One And Only Love
5:03 $0.99
4. Black Orpheus
4:47 $0.99
5. Things Ain't What They Used To Be
4:57 $0.99
6. U.M.M.G.
4:15 $0.99
7. Blame It On My Youth
4:45 $0.99
8. Before You Go
4:31 $0.99
9. The Look Of Love
4:05 $0.99
10. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
4:03 $0.99
11. Blue Monk
4:17 $0.99
12. How Deep Is The Ocean
5:28 $0.99
13. What Is This Thing Called Love
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Album Notes
Rob's first Trio recording, Before You Go, presents a buoyant collection of timeless standards and two originals. The first track, “Heading Out”, is anthemic as it imagines possibilities. It begins as a march underneath a two chord vamp and then springs loose from a riff on Bach. This leads to an inspired take on “Endless Stars”, a superb composition by the eminent jazz pianist/composer, Fred Hersch. The other original tune, “Before You Go”, is an ode to a departed friend, beginning in minor and ending in major.

It was during college that Rob first heard recordings of Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett and Oscar Peterson, following high school years when the jazz-rock of Steely Dan, Weather Report, Chuck Mangione, and Traffic ruled the turntable. But it would be another 15 years before Rob actually began to study jazz. Over this span of time, vinyl has become ancient, compact discs are well into mid-life, and digital MP3's are fast becoming the norm.

For the past 10 years, Rob has appeared both as a solo pianist and with his trio at several southern Maine establishments (Black Point Inn, The Colony Hotel, Pier 77 Restaurant, Nonantum Resort, Stripers Restaurant) in addition to performing frequently in small combos. He now teaches piano at River Tree Center for the Arts, located in southern Maine, in addition to teaching at his home studio. Rob resides in Kennebunk with his wife, Penny, and their crooning beagle dog, "Maggie".



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Eric Donnelly

Jazz Piano 101
A fresh take on all of what could be the most tasteful selection of jazz standards on one CD. Rob Spaulding's piano styling are reminiscent of McCoy Tyner and Bill Evans but with his own unique modern edge. It showcases a true dedication to the art of jazz piano on one all around exceptionally well-produced CD. Absolutely brilliant.


Smooth blending...a great laid back sound
I really enjoy this one. The music selections really flow together very nicely.


wonderful compellation
pop it in, and cuddle up by a fire with your beloved and a glass of wine...

Caterina MacLean

A multi-faceted joy
A beautiful collection of songs done in the traditional jazz piano trio format with crystalline recording that gives it a modern edge. The songs breathe and ache, think and feel as needed--it is at once thoughtful and yet brimming with life and potential. Spaulding's clear piano tone gives the album a liquid, mesmerizing quality that could draw even the most novice jazz listeners in; the trio's interplay and deftness at working at once through and around each instrument support and enhance him while reassuring experienced jazzers that there is most certainly substance beneath the liquid. A fascinating slice of talent of both the mind and the soul, and a beautifully framed and realized vision that grows with every listen. No doubt this is a musician who will grow as well.