Liner notes by Makanda Ken McIntyre
This is my eighth album as leader, and it is indeed my pleasure to introduce "The Vibrations", with Richard Harper, piano; Alonzo Gardner, acoustic bass; Andy Vega, congas; and Andrei Strobert, multiple percussion. Terumasa Hino, trumpet, is a guest on this album.
Terumasa Hino, the trumpet player, is one of the few internationally known musicians from the fast expanding Japanese jazz scene. When Hino moved to New York together with his family from Tokyo, it didn't take him long to get settled, and become a familiar face on the jazz scene. Hino is now one of the most wanted trumpet players around, and he has been working with Gil Evans, Jackie McLean, and Larry Coryell, to name a few. He is also a co-leader of the Japanese group "Kochi", which is based in New York.
Alonzo Gardner, the bassist, is also proficient on the electric bass, electric guitar, and piano. He is studying music in the African American tradition at the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury, under the directorship of Dr. Ken McIntyre. Upon completion of his academic studies at the College, he expects to have accumulated "a reasonable amount of knowledge in the theoretical aspects of music, which includes arranging, orchestration, and composition."
Richard Harper, the pianist, is also a trombonist, baritone horn player, composer, arranger, and educator. Currently he is Assistant Professor of Music at SUNY/ College at Old Westbury. Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1949, he has performed with such artists as Ken McIntyre, Archie Shepp, Jaki Byard, The Miracles, The Four Tops, Bill Barron, and Voices Incorporated.
Andrei Strobert, the multiple percussionist, is also a composer, teacher and lecturer. He is an exceptional musician, and in his playing one can hear that he has dealt with the roots of African American music. Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1949, he has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Herbert H. Lehman College. His formal education is in painting and sculpture. He has performed with such greats as; Montego Joe, Jaki Byard, Ken McIntyre, Collective Black Artist 18 Piece Orchestra, Carlos Garnett's Universal Black Force, McCoy Tyner, The Ensemble, Al Salaam, Mtume's Umoja Ensemble and with Voices Incorporated.
Andy Vega, the conga player, was born in Spanish Harlem under the sign of Capricorn, and is currently a student at the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury. He has worked with Latin bands for twelve years, mainly with the Gilberto Sextet playing vibraharp, and has also performed in the capacity of a conductor - leader of the Spanish Brotherhood Youth Band in Long Beach, New York, where he had the opportunity to utilize his compositions and arranging talents.
1. Theme was composed in 1959 for the flute, however, for this recording session I decided the bass clarinet was more appropriate with the trumpet. The form is ten bars, which are repeated, the bridge is eight bars, and the first ten bars are repeated, thus rounding out the chorus.
2. Eileen (my sister) was composed in 1958 for alto saxophone and trumpet. This is a straightforward thirty-two bar structure with eight bars which are repeated, the bridge is eight bars, and the first eight bars are repeated completing the chorus.
3. Shortie was composed in 1962 for the oboe, however, for this recording session I decided to play the bassoon. The form is ten bars repeated, the release is eight bars, and the first ten bars are repeated ending the chorus.
4. Clear Eyes was composed in 1956. The form is the popular thirty-two bar song form of A-A-B-A. This arrangement for oboe and trumpet was conceived when it was agreed that Terumasa Hino would do the date.
5. Now Is The Time was composed in 1958 for the alto saxophone and trumpet. The harmonic structure is quite demanding in that there are two chord changes in each bar, except for three bars where one chord is sustained. The form is twelve bars repeated, the release is eight bars and thefirst twelve bars are repeated to complete the chorus.
6. Miss Priss was composed in 1957 for flute and trumpet. The introduction, however, was added for this recording session. T. Hino plays tambourine and K. McIntyre plays claves. The form is the thirty-two bar song form consisting of eight bars which are repeated, the release is eight, and the first eight bars are repeated to close the chorus.