Music & Friends
Through the jingle house he co-founded in the 1960s, composer, pianist, arranger and producer Dick Reynolds ruled Chicago's commercial recording scene throughout its heyday, supplying the world with thousands of melodies and slogans, many still recognized today. By then, he had also been the house pianist at the famed Mr. Kelly's for over a decade, where he accompanied all the greats of the period including Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughn, and Carmen McRae. With "Music & Friends," Reynolds steps back into the studio he left at retirement in 1996, creating a joyous, hard-swinging session with a reassembled band of many of the musicians he worked with over the years, including Howard Levy, Mark Colby, Mike Smith, Kelly Sill, and many more of Chicago's finest.
1 OTRA VEZ ALVAREZ 5:09
2 A SONG FOR JOHNNY 7:14
3 PLAYIN? IT COOL 3:02
4 FANCY MISS NANCY 4:13
5 SPECIAL THOUGHTS OF YOU 2:47
6 ELENA 5:01
7 A BENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS 3:38
8 BORDER TOWN 3:27
9 A SONG FOR STAN 3:28
10 GENTLE IS THE BREEZE 5:10
11 THE GOSPEL TRUTH 3:34
12 HIPITY HOPITY FUNKITY 5:05
13 REFLECTIONS (A tribute to my fishing pond) 3:45
Produced by Dick Reynolds
Recorded by Fred Breitberg at Chicago Recording Company (crc)
Engineer Assistants: John Zacks, Wes Nelson, Daniel Bersch, Daniel Inskeep
Additional over-dub recording at Catfish Music, Chicago
Synth Programing by Jeff Boyle
Tracks 5 & 13 recorded at Dick's House in Michigan
Mixed by Fred Breitberg, Dick Reynolds & Mike Smith
Mastering by Fred Breitberg at Lincolnwood Audio Mastering
Photography By Bruce Cutean & Michael Simard
Cover design & layout by John Bishop
All Music Composed And Arranged By Dick Reynolds
Razz Ma Jazz Publishing (ASCAP)
- piano, electric piano (except 1,7,12)
- piano (1,7,12), electric bass (12)
- guitar (6,9,10)
- bass (except 12)
Trumpets: DANNY BARBER, KIRK
GARRISON, DOUG SCHARF, ART HOYLE
Trombones: SCOTT BENTALL, ANDY
BAKER, TOM MATTA, MIKE YOUNG
Saxes: MIKE SMITH, PAT MALLINGER,
STEVE EISEN, ROB HAITE, JERRY DIMUZIO
- harmonica (6,9)
- fluegelhorn (2)
- tenor sax (3,8,11)
- trumpet (3,8,11)
- trombone (3,8,11)
- alto sax, flute, alto flute (2,5,8,11)
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Jazz Society of Oregon
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