Saturday, October 15, 2011
ALI RYERSON - CON BRIO!
Ryerson's all-star collaborators are: keyboardist arranger Pete Levin, a Moog synthesizer pioneer celebrated for his collaborations with the illustrious composer/arranger Gil Evans; guitarist/composer Mike DeMicco, the long-time guitarist with Connecticut's Brubeck Brothers Band; and bassist Mark Egan and drummer Danny Gottlieb, members of the original rhythm section for the Pat Metheny Group. Also on board, noted vibraphonist Mike Mainieri, leader of the groundbreaking jazz/fusion group of the 1970s, Steps Ahead. "I love my previous recordings," Ryerson says by phone from her Brookfield home, "but I thought I had to do something different now by making an album with a concept as opposed to another compilation of jazz tunes and bossa novas, or an album of all standards.
"My friend Holly Hoffman, the jazz flutist, told me, 'Ali, the CD sounds so good and absolutely genuine. This is the real you,' I agree totally with that," says Ryerson who has always been her most demanding critic. Big boost number two comes as a happy side-effect to the Con Brio! CD, and brings a whole new role to her life as a designer of a new line of flutes bearing her signature. Ryerson has been asked by Gemeinhardt Musical Instrument company to help design an Ali Ryerson signature flute under its Brio! line, hence the CD's title, Con Brio! Since last winter when the agreement was sealed, she's made several trips to the company's headquarters in Elkhart, Ind., making suggestions to technicians about the instrument's tone, feel and even the aesthetics of the way it looks.