01 Poor Butterfly (Raymond Hubbell, John Golden)
02 Arnhem (Reg Schwager)
03 Bandung (Reg Schwager)
04 Hard Times Come Around No More (Stephen Foster)
05 Three O’Clock In The Morning (Julian Robledo, Theodora Morse)
06 Arctic Passage (Reg Schwager)
07 Whispering (Vincent Rose, Richard Coburn, John Schonberger)
08 Morning People (Reg Schwager)
09 One For Jerry (Reg Schwager)
10 Waves (Reg Schwager)
11 Bandung Reprise (Reg Schwager)
12 Alexander’s Ragtime Band (Irving Berlin)
Reg Schwager - guitar
David Restivo - piano
recorded Dec.16, 2012 by Bernie Cisternas at Number 9 Studios in Toronto
mixed by Bernie Cisternas and Jesse Capon
mastered by Jeff “Fedge” Elliott
arrangements by Reg Schwager
cd design by Jeannette Lambert
photo of Reg by Richard Mende
photo of David by Karen Ruet
inside photos by Reg Schwager
cover photo and photo on the cd by Jeannette Lambert
thanks to Agatha, Walter, Kiki, Nette, Michel, JJ, TW, Dave, Jesse, Jeff, Bernie, Karen and
When I first started attending jazz workshops the rule was strict and unbending - the guitar and piano don’t play together. They take turns. The potential for rhythmic and harmonic clashes is too great. Nobody wants to hear those flat and natural nines rubbing against each other. But then I started working with pianists from a slightly earlier school who got angry when they saw me politely waiting my turn. “Play!” yelled Wray Downes. “Don’t just sit there!” bellowed Ian Bargh. Fine - this was way more fun, anyway. And after checking out duos like Herb Ellis and Oscar Peterson, Jim Hall and Bill Evans, Cesar Camargo Mariano and Hélio Delmiro, it became clear that with a little planning and a lot of listening this could be a wonderful combination. I was glad David Restivo was around when I called him for this project. He is a very in-demand player and is often touring, or teaching in Winnipeg, Antigonish or elsewhere. Together we’ve toured Brazil with Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass and worked with people like Mel Torme and Kevin Mahogany. David’s playing combines sensitivity, fire, imagination and a wide-ranging musical conception that transcends style.
For this recording we’re playing some new songs of mine plus a handful of familiar standards (musical comfort food). Morning People wake up early, are cheerful and talkative, and get a lot accomplished in the day. My mother, Agatha, was one of these. Arnhem is where my mother’s parents lived in Holland. There are certain places that I see when daydreaming or half-asleep or in the process of improvising. I don’t really understand why this is, but the neighbourhood around my grandparents’ house is somewhere I frequently go to in this way.
My father comes from a place near Bandung in Central Java, Indonesia. The music that they have there is out of this world. One For Jerry was written for Jerry Fuller, a generous and knowledgeable bebop drummer that Dave and I both apprenticed with. This song is a contrafact on the chord changes to Over The Rainbow. See if you can sing along. Arctic Passage comes from a voyage I took on the Amundsen, an icebreaker that is used for scientific research during the summer. “What should I call this one?” I asked my wife Kiki. “Waves on the Ocean” she offered. I shortened it to Waves.
Poor Butterfly is a song I’ve played many times with Peter Appleyard, who is one of my very favourite musicians and people. I associate Three O’Clock In The Morning with Dexter Gordon. The tempo here is faster than his, as though more caffeine than alcohol was consumed in the night. The chords to Whispering formed the basis for the bebop classic Groovin’ High. We chose to use the older melody here. Alexander’s Ragtime Band is an early song by Irving Berlin. I never paid it much attention until I heard a wonderful version by Ruby Braff and Ellis Larkins. Stephen Foster is considered to be America’s first great songwriter. His songs are the oldest standards I know, except for maybe Greensleeves. The lyrics to Hard Times Come Around No More, as much as anything, are what drew me to this song.
- Reg Schwager, 2013