Tim Ries | Life Changes

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Tim Ries has held down the saxophone and keyboard chairs with The Rolling Stones for the past 21 years, all the while espousing his love of Jazz on his own projects and shows. In 2005 he hit the studio with a cast of greats - Jack DeJohnette, Bill Frisell, Larry Goldings, Grégoire Maret, James Genus and Scott Colley - and recorded a master work. Tim waited to release it as his mother was very ill during the recording, and sadly passed soon after its completion. And now, fourteen years later, Life Changes from Tim Ries is ready for release. The title speaks to the events that brought him to this point, with reference to his daughters Bella, Eliana, and Jasia (who performs on the album), and the dedication to his mother Edith Ries.

The story is unique, and we all get a glimpse into the past with some of the best players on the planet. And yet the story quickly moves away as you listen; Life Changes could well have been recorded yesterday in its adventurous and grand style. We are proud to bring this project to the world: Life Changes will be released on August 9th.

The musicians, each and every one, are just ‘at the top of their game’. Jack DeJohnette sounds like he’s having the time of his life. Two of the tunes “As It Happens” and “Hearing Around Corners” were written specifically with him in mind, and he lives up to his legend and beyond. Grégoire Maret is just lovely; his warm sound and perfect notes sparkling in every phrase. Bill Frisell heard in some unusual settings for him, especially on "Monk’s Dream" is a wonder, fitting himself into every style, but at the same time remaining ‘Frisell’. Larry Goldings likewise can play anything in any genre, bar none, and here on "Amor" even channels some Walter Wanderley! Scott Colley and James Genus are simply two of the best bass players on the scene and constantly set up grooves and sonic pulses that always are right ‘in there’

Randy Brecker


Life Changes

Release Date: August 09, 2019

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CREDITS

  1. Life Changes- Jack DeJohnette-drums, Bill Frisell-guitar, James Genus-acoustic bass, Larry Goldings-piano, Grégoire Maret-harmonica, Tim Ries-tenor sax

  2. For Elis-Jack DeJohnette-drums, Bill Frisell-guitar, James Genus-acoustic bass, Larry Goldings-piano, Grégoire Maret-harmonica, Tim Ries-tenor sax, Mauro Refosco-percussion

  3. Monk’s Dream-Jack DeJohnette-drums, Bill Frisell-guitar, Larry Goldings-organ, Tim Ries-soprano sax

  4. Eliana’s Song-Jack DeJohnette-drums, Bill Frisell-guitar, James Genus-acoustic bass, Jasia Ries-violin, Tim Ries-soprano sax, Stacey Shames-harp

  5. As It Happens-Jack DeJohnette-drums, Bill Frisell-guitar, James Genus-acoustic bass, Larry Goldings-piano, Gonzalo Grau-Cajon, Grégoire Maret-harmonica, Tim Ries-tenor sax, Mauro Refosco-percussion

  6. Hearing Around Corners-Jack DeJohnette-drums, Bill Frisell-guitar, James Genus-acoustic bass, Larry Goldings-organ Gonzalo Grau-Cajon, Grégoire Maret-harmonica, Tim Ries-tenor sax, Mauro Refosco-percussion

  7. Bella’s Lullaby-Larry Goldings-piano, Jasia Ries-voice

  8. Late Last Night-Jack DeJohnette-drums, Bill Frisell-guitar, James Genus-acoustic bass, Larry Goldings-piano, Tim Ries-soprano sax

  9. Amor Até O Fim- Jack DeJohnette-drums, Bill Frisell-guitar, James Genus-electric bass, Larry Goldings-organ, Tim Ries-tenor sax, Mauro Refosco-percussion

  10. It’s Magic-Jack DeJohnette-drums, Grégoire Maret-harmonica, Stacey Shames-harp

  11. Jasia’s Snow Day-Scott Colley-acoustic bass, Jack DeJohnette-drums, Larry Goldings-piano, Grégoire Maret-harmonica, Tim Ries-alto flute

  12. Life Changes reprise-Jack DeJohnette-drums, Bill Frisell-guitar, James Genus-acoustic bass, Larry Goldings-piano, Grégoire Maret-harmonica, Tim Ries-tenor sax

All songs composed and arranged by Tim Ries, Rieses Pieses Music, BMI except Bella’s Lullaby, music composed by Tim Ries, lyrics by Tim and Jasia Ries, Rieses Pieses Music, BMI

Monk’s Dream by Thelonius Monk and Amor Até O Fim by Gilberto Gil

Tim Ries plays Francois Louis mouthpieces, ligatures and reeds