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R & D

by Jeff Rupert & Richard Drexler

Jazz at its best! Mood music
Genre: Jazz: Cool Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Song Is You (Live)
Jeff Rupert & Richard Drexler
7:43 album only
2. Someday (Live)
Jeff Rupert & Richard Drexler
7:08 album only
3. O Grande Amor (Live)
Jeff Rupert & Richard Drexler
5:00 album only
4. Edelweiss (Live)
Jeff Rupert & Richard Drexler
6:19 album only
5. Johnny Come Lately (Live)
Jeff Rupert & Richard Drexler
7:05 album only
6. Imagination (Alternate Take) [Live]
Jeff Rupert & Richard Drexler
7:31 album only
7. The Night Has a Thousand Eyes (Live)
Jeff Rupert & Richard Drexler
7:56 album only
8. Soul Eyes (Alternate Take) [Live]
Jeff Rupert & Richard Drexler
10:18 album only
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Album Notes
Captured on this disc is a portion of two nights of music performed by saxophonist Jeff Rupert and pianist Richard Drexler at the Timucua Arts White House near downtown Orlando, June 10 & 11, 2015. The eight tunes included on the disc are exemplary choices as they showcase the artistry, humor, skill and love of music that these two outstanding musicians (and University of Central Florida music professors) hold in abundance. This is the second release from these concert dates, the first titled Imagination.

Here is the partial text of an interview of Jeff Rupert by Kayonne Riley, Director of top-rated jazz station WUCF-FM Jazz & More and host of Midday Jazz:

KR: Jeff, how did you and Richard decide on the tunes for your set list?
JR: Richard and I have been playing together since the late 80’s. We sat down and kicked around a list of a hundred tunes we thought we’d like and then we looked for what tunes would go together for the record and would also capture the vibe we were looking for. Our thought process was to put together a set that tells a little story.
KR: There are eight extraordinary tunes on the disc. Which one stands out for you in terms of expressing your particular style?
JR: For me what really stands out is a moment when the synergy is really good, and for me that was “Edelweiss.” Oddly enough, that tune was a last minute decision for us. My wife Jenifer and my mom love The Sound of Music. So “Edelweiss” was just a tune we put together for the concert for them to enjoy, and, it turned out to be one of the best tunes for the concert. That’s the thing I love about jazz – you can direct the music only so much. It’s kind of like relationships in that you can’t force things – some things just happen. I believe it was Carl Jung who said that when two people come together, it’s like two chemicals coming together – they both interact, and the two chemicals change to create another. Richard and I go for that transformation. Richard Drexler is really easy to do that with because he’s such a great musician. We also selected this alternate take of the Mal Waldron tune “Soul Eyes” because Richard really loved the take. The Billy Strayhorn tune “Johnny Come Lately” was selected since we are both huge Strayhorn fans. We had a lot of fun with that one. It has a surly or moody vibe.
KR: Your take on the great Jerome Kern standard “The Song Is You” begins with ethereal and elegant saxophone work floating on a bed of multilayered piano voicings – it is an orchestra of sounds with only two instruments. The melody is structured towards optimism for me, so I’m wondering what you were thinking with your performance of that tune?
JR: We had a lot of fun with “The Song Is You.” In the beginning of the tune I am playing some multiphonics, which is a process of getting multiple notes to sound at once. I was trying to get the sound of a train – to make Richard laugh. He tells a story of an outdoor concert in Normal IL where he played that tune right as a train passed by. The engineer sounded the horn just when they were coming out of the bridge of the tune, and the train’s horn played a C6 chord, exactly in time and in harmony with the composition. Richard recalls the serendipity with delight.
KR: Jeff, your beautiful tone, melodic lines and your emotive sensibilities coupled with Richard’s full and rich orchestration kept me from wanting or needing more than these two instruments together. The result is like a beautiful walk in the park with an accompanying soundtrack of two modern orchestral arrangers, who blow with the skill and maturity of very experienced jazzers. Since this is your first duo project, I’m wondering what your inspiration was?
JR: Richard and I have played together since the late 80’s and we also both played with the late Kenny Drew Jr. We had been talking about doing a duo date for some time - so when Kenny passed away in August of 2014 we both said, “what are we waiting for, we need to do this!” This recording is a bucket list thing for us.
KR: It’s often when I listen to you that I am reminded of Stan Getz’ playing. I love the Getz recording of “O Grande Amor” so I noticed that your recording of the tune is played at a much slower tempo. Was that part of the homage to Kenny Drew Jr.?
JR: The slower tempo was us trying to create a little more of a pensive sound in the tune. Actually, “O Grande Amor” was a last minute addition to the set list. We had an hour before the session and I said, “let’s just start playing,” and we thought it ended up as a little gem. You mention Stan Getz – he’s one of my favorite players, along with Lester Young, Coltrane, Lockjaw, and a long list of others. I really am inspired by singers though, and there are two singers who I have eyes for – Mel Torme, who I recorded with, and Michael McDonald, who has a deceptively high tone, a warm sound. I thought if I can get my saxophone to sound like those guys, it would be great!



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