by reynold d. philipsek
For the past two years (while I was engaged with the filming and distribution of the “A Life Well Played” documentary), I was also busy putting together an album of what I could accurately call a true distillation of my musical oeuvre.
This entailed not only the development of new pieces, but the remodeling of older music that could benefit from a new approach.
This is that album. It has become clear to me that my personal taste is defined not only by my idiosyncrasies and melodic and harmonic predilections, but my desire for concision based on brevity and clarity. I am, I suppose, a sort of minimalist which probably explains my admiration for Anton Webern. The melodic and harmonic side of my nature is influenced by Ravel and Monk. This may not be readily apparent but it is, none the less, the case.
The liner note on the CD sleeve gives a fuller description of the overall concept.
As I have said before, “I have suffered for this music; now it’s your turn.”
Reynold (summer of 2017)
The June 25 documentary screening/concert was very successful and well attended.
I thank all those who came out. I also want to thank the musicians Matt Senjem, Michael Bissonnette, Gregg Inhofer and Gary Schulte.
Now I will turn my attention to enjoying the summer and putting the finishing touches on the new album I have been assembling for the past two years. The tracks for the new project are, of course, all original. A few of the tunes have appeared before but are presented in new guises.
The concept of the recording goes back to my first years as a musician. At age 14 my mother gave me a reel to reel recorder that could record “sound on sound.” This meant I could overdub one guitar track over another. This is how I learned to assemble music and write songs.
All of the songs on the new record started this way but in many cases I added other instruments beyond the two guitars that are the basis of each piece. The musicians who guest on this upcoming album are Matt Senjem on bass, Gregg Inhofer on piano and synth, Michael Bissonnette on percussion and Denny Malmberg on accordion. Other pieces remain as a two guitar or multi-guitar track.
The songs (as of now) are Bohemian Flats, Chrysanthemum, Tango Blue, Vienna Blues, Kiki, Rara Avis, 1965, Gotham, Goatee and Shades, Matka, Silesian Mist and Pavane.
I think it should be ready by late September. I will keep you posted here.