Bob Szajner - piano
Ray McKinney - bass
Roy Brooks - drums
1980, Detroit, Michigan
Nearly 30 years ago, on my 18th wedding anniversary, a unique situation was being developed. Three well-versed jazz musicians congregated at a ranch house basement recording studio on Beatrice Street in Livonia Michigan to document all of my original tunes (all at that time) by performing them without rehearsals, without second takes, without any audio enhancements, and improvising solos based on the feelings created in the moment.
With the exception of the piano man/composer (Bob Szajner) neither the bass man (Ray McKinney), nor the drummer (Roy Brooks), ever saw or heard the compositions before. The tape rolled and the arrangements, improvisations, ensemble performances, and variations were all created at the exact time of pickup by microphone on the analog tape.
What transpired next was a marathon of the performance and documentation by recorded tapes of 27 selections with various moods, tempos, and formats --all done in the span of 5-6 hours. These albums are the CD digital version reissues of three vinyl LP albums released in 1980 as a 3 record set on RMS Records. This 3 record set was titled "TRIAD" (RMS 10088). The records from that set are available separately on RMS Records titled "Jazz Opus 20/40" (SSH77002), "Sound Ideas" (SSH77003) and "Afterthoughts" (SSH77004). Hope you enjoy listening.