Track 1- Dolphin Dance- An arrangement of the great Herbie Hancock's classic tune that takes a few unexpected turns that jazz fans will enjoy!
Track 2 - I Took A Chance On Loving You- An original arrangement in the traditional jazz style that fans of early jazz will appreciate, and lovers of contemporary jazz will love for the modern progressions.
Track 3- Suicide is Painless/Nardis- This is a medley that features a trio (RJ-Piano, Scott Teeple-Bass, Paul Ringenbach-Drums) playing the theme from M.A.S.H. featuring a fun ride through several modulations and Piano solo throughout, and featuring Bass and Drum solo on Nardis.
Track 4 - Someday My Prince Will Come- For all of you Disney fans, kids and lovers of the jazz "waltz", this version will be sure to have a special place in your heart!!!
Track 5-Total Praise- This is the only solo Piano track on the project, that takes the listener through through several modulations, sure to be a favorite among fans of gospel music.
Track 6- New Beginnings- Inspirational song, written for RJ's cousin Yolanda on her 40th birthday during a time in her life that was full of new transitions, changes and decisions, great for those who are seeking or want to share encouragement/inspiration.
Track 7- Bolivia- A fun arrangement of Cedar Walton's classic tune. This version contains two Bass players (Jason Bolden-electric and Mariko Kitada-acoustic) as well as Julian Tanaka-sax, Kenneth Logan-Drums, RJ-Piano. This version is intended to have a traditional sound, as if recorded in the early 30's or 40's, but then switches to the sound of today, and switches from left to right in the mixes (listen carefully) and does this continuously.
Track 8- Deceiving Eyes- The title track. Things are not always what they seem. Perfect analogy for this song, Starts one way and ends another. Features Terry Wesley II-Drums, Jason Bolden-Bass, RJ-Piano/Keyboards, played and recorded with no overdubs, this is sure to be appreciated by musicians, critics and listeners.
Track 9- Frontin'- RJ's version of Pharrell's hit song. Sure to be a favorite for lovers of hip-hop, r&b, and funk. Displays complex rhythms and rare time signatures with Terry Wesley II- Drums, Jason Bolden- Bass, RJ- Piano/Keyboards, played and recorded with no overdubs.
Track 10- Winter In Chicago- If you have ever been in Chicago during the cold season, you can relate to this song (and if you haven't, you will after listening). This song contains two sections, that "A" & "B" will represent. The "A" section represents a happy, peaceful sunny day. The "B" section represents the harsh chicago wind, snow, ice, etc. that can come at any given time. And this goes back and forth, as in day to day. Sure to capture the hearts of steppers, lovers of jazz, funk, and of course, the Chicago crowd.
Track 11 - Where R U- written after receiving a voice message from RJ's seven year old son, Elijah. The message was "daddy, where are you? I miss you!" During this time RJ was working late at the studio and had a busy week leading up to that call. RJ later told his son "I missed you too, I haven't been around much because I have been doing a lot of work in the studio and other shows, my schedule has been all over the place and I have been running wild, but I'm here now". This song represents that entire conversation from both ends, the question, the response, the schedule and RJ finally returning back to Elijah.