1. He Dug Those Changes A medium bebop tune with a new melody written somewhat Monk-like over the chord changes of “Gone With The Wind”, a song which Rick Britto called on just about every gig I ever did with him.
2. The Harbor Wakes A straight eighth note waltz, this song was written for a currently dormant project with playwright Ray Veary which condenses the classic book Moby Dick and adds jazz music.
3. The Early Bird With straight eight feel and a short 16 bar form, this song was written originally around one single note which fits into every chord change. I call them ‘common tone tunes’. My composition Bounce (Hawthorne Street Connection) is also a common tone tune.
4. Too Many People This song written for the amusement of drummer Gary Johnson and was based on the chord changes of the old standard “Two Sleepy People” twisted into a jazz waltz. This is one of several bass melodies on this recording.
5. As Fate Would Have It A slow Latin-American song written for Gen and Bill, who I believe met for the first time on a gig I put together.
6. ‘Possum Lurking A Latin-American feel with a ‘sneaky’ bass melody
7. Take Your Time A basic 12-bar slow minor blues with a classic 12/8 feel
8. 1959 A Horace Silverish dominant harmony based swing groove, again featuring a bass melody.
9. Jedyny Syn (Only Son) An Ahmad Jamal like groove carries this song dedicated to a great uncle who I never knew, Franciszek Biernacki, my paternal grandmother’s only brother who died at a very young age in about 1915.
10. Too Go Or Not To Go A straight ahead swing tune written for bass melody with George Shearing/Brian Torff like groove.
11. Musetide A reflective Ellington/Strayhorn like ballad also from the Moby Dick project.
12. Have A Peaceful Day A ‘happy waltz’ suggested by Dr. Mike Rocha and written in memory of Gilbert Paille, the father of trumpeter Ben Paille. This composition was originally written for and performed by the 17-piece Southcoast Jazz Orchestra.