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 A Wonderful Thing

Pacific Coast Jazz (PJ72200)

2013 Rob Ryndak

 A Reason To Smile
   Pacific Coast Jazz (PCJ72100)

  2007 Rob Ryndak

Stay With It
Southport  (S-SSD 0070)

  2001 Rob Ryndak


Southport  (S-SSD 0050)

1998 Rob Ryndak


Moving Forward
Southport  (S-SSD 0036)

1995 Rob Ryndak

Chicago-based pianist Rob Ryndak continues to explore an exciting mix of pop, soul, Brazilian, and other world influences in an ongoing celebration of life and rebirth….

The fun part of Ryndak's music is that it's hard to categorize from track to track -- there are the cha-cha rhythms of "The Gift of Courage," the dark strutting jazz-blues of "Blues for Emily," and the tasty Latin pop feelings of "Clare's Arrival," driven by Fishman's beautiful flute melody. Ryndak holds everything together with dynamic piano voicings that are sometimes restrained and supportive behind other instruments, and sometimes right out front. Through all the ups and downs in his life and career, it's clear that he knows the value of ensembles and letting his fellow musicians shine. That unselfish approach is A Reason to Smile as well.
--Jonathan Waldran, All Music Guide
Don't worry. Be happy. That's the message pianist Rob Ryndak wants you to take home with you after enjoying his vacation-filled garden of smooth delights. He pulls from bossa nova, Caribbean dance, Ghanian akom, R&B and smooth jazz to put glowing embers to rest. You'll want to sit back in some comfortable place far away from the hyperactive world, forget about working, smile, and enjoy his program of 10 original songs.
--Jim Santella, A Reason To Smile review,
LA Jazz Scene, January 2008
ike David Sanborn, Joe Sample, and the late Grover Washington, Jr., Rob Ryndak realizes that a jazzman can be accessible to pop and R&B audiences without prostituting himself and throwing integrity to the wind.

--Alex Henderson, Stay With It review,
All Music Guide
There's much to enjoy with [this] album.  Fresh ideas. Boundless enthusiasm and the tight melodic flow that is the hallmark of this album. And just as I alluded to earllier, in many ways Ryndak's work here reminds me of Donald Byrd's Fancy Free album (a personal favorite). The songs are finely crafted, the improvisations filled with meaning and balance, and the musicianship outstanding. How nice to have a new album, 30 years later, to rekindle those memories by proving us with new ones to enjoy.

--from the Boundless liner notes
by Scott Adams, Sounds of Brazil!  • WDCB, Chicago
In this digital age, music doesn't stand alone, Rock needs a video, jazz a theory, new age a mantra country a pun, and classical a pedigree. But this music just needs ears. Explanations won't suffice, there are no literary devices. How it sounds is what it is.
Composer/pianist Rob Ryndak has put together an engaging collection of compositions that sounds ripe for radio play. His melodies tug at your ear while the grooves push at your feet. He's written tunes for fun and tunes for reflection after absorbing a world of sounds ranging from jazz to liturgical music from the Ventures to Phillip Glass....

--from the Moving Forward liner notes
by Dave Helland,
Jazz Journalist

"Moving Forward" Title Track
Rob Ryndak
composer  performer  educator    
Ryndak seasons a blend of "wonderful"
into his mix of eleven original, world beat infused jazz tunes.  
"A Wonderful thing is
full of subtle surprise
excellent writing
and colorful solos ...
Ryndak's most rewarding  
               recording to date."

--Scott Yanow, author of Bebop,
     The Jazz Singers, Jazz On Film, and                            Jazz On Record 1917-76
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As a composer it is gratifying to be really heard and understood and appreciated. I am glad I was able to share my music with all those involved in this project, especially the outstanding musicians and my loving family.
                                             --Rob Ryndak

  • Rob Ryndak, piano
  • Ruben Alvarez, auxiliary percussion
  • Geof Bradfield, saxophone
  • Sasha Brusin, guitar
  • Rob Calhoon, bass
  • Tito Carrillo, trumpet & flugelhorn
  • Victor Gonzalez, Jr., congas
  • Rob Kassinger, bass
  • Art Sherrod, Jr., saxophone
  • Andrew Sole, drums
    All compositions by Rob Ryndak (ASCAP)
    * Harold Mims arranged "Childlike" and strings on "In My Arms"  
    2013 Rob Ryndak   Pacific Coast Jazz (PJ72200)    
    A Reason To Smile


    2007 Rob Ryndak
    Pacific Coast Jazz (PCJ72100)

    All arrangements and
    compositions by Rob Ryndak
    except where noted otherwise

    1. A Reason to Smile 3:49
    2. Lea's Joy 5:42
    3. Jadey * 5:18
    4. The Gift of Courage 4:52
    5. Larimar 5:14
    6. Blues for Emily 5:57
    7. E.R. 5:36
    8. Clare's Arrival 5:07
    9. Just Live 4:05
    10. Paradoxes 4:42
    * arrangement is by Kal Bergendahl

    Sometimes it's the simplest pleasures in life that give
     us reason to smile.
    This collection of 10 original tunes is certainly one of them. Spanning a variety of genres
    --from contemporary jazz
    to Latin to Afro-pop--
    A Reason To Smile is an engaging program of joyful music that is certain to hit listeners directly in the soul.

    from the liner notes

    by Ed Enright, contributor to

    Downbeat Magazine
    • Rob Ryndakpiano, cabasa, congas
    • Ruben Alvarez, congas, bongos, timbales
    • Kal Berbendahl, electric bass
    • Sasha Brusin, nylon string acoustic & electric guitars
    • Carlos Cornier, congas
    • John Falstrom, electric bass
    • Greg Fishman, saxophone & flute
    • Carter Luke, Hammond B-3 organ
    • Jamie Martines, electric bass
    • Joe Saia, trumpet & flugelhorn
    • Andrew Sole, drums & guiro
    • Steve Wunder, tenor  & alto saxophone

    Chicago-based pianist Rob Ryndak has put out his fourth recording as a leader,
    A Reason to Smile, and the collection of originals on this release is quite engaging
    and alluring. Light and upbeat, the songs have an uncluttered feel to them, and there is enough variety between each composition to keep the intereest of any listener for
    numerous helpings.

    --George Harris, All About Jazz
    Stay With It

      2001 Rob Ryndak
    Southport  (S-SSD 0070)

    All arrangements and
    compositions by Rob Ryndak

    1. Bell Rock 4:28
    2. Soft Spoken 3:27
    3. Stay With It 4:35
    4. Gentle Gubbio 3:54
    5. Piano Interlude for Clare 2:11
    6. Discovery 4:27
    7. Compassion 4:42
    8. Nepsis 5:03
    9. Spiritual Renewal 3:33
    10. Bliss 7:47
    Stay With It is meditative
    in its glowing, comforting arrangements and ultimately uplifting in execution and theme.
    Hilarie S. Grey, JazzTimes®


    • Rob Ryndak, acoustic & electric piano, guiro
    • Steve Cole, saxophone
    • Amir Elsaffar, trumpet
    • Jim Gailloreto, saxophone & flute
    • Larry Gray, cello & electric bass
    • Bobby Lewis, trumpet & flugelhorn
    • John Moulder, electric  & acoustic nylon guitar
    • Gary Norian, synth (programming & arrangement  for track 1)
    • Richard Patterson, electric bass
    • Alejo Poveda, congas, jam block, chines, bongos, afuche cabasa, triangle, shakers, bell tree
    • Paul Wertico, drums
    Rob Ryndak is one of the finest contemporary jazz pianists performing ...
    Ryndak knows how to make his piano sing a fine jazz tune, and he is one of the tops in his field, sensitive, stylish, innovative, sharing and enjoyable.
    Stay With It is a highly likable collection of jazz music, original and entertaining listening.

                                                                                                                                    --Lee Posser,


    1998 Rob Ryndak
    Southport  (S-SSD 0050)
    Released: August 1998
    All arrangements and
    compositions by Rob Ryndak

    1. Bouncing Back (4:47)
    2. Down and Dirty (6:46)
    3. Hierophany (4:47)
    4. Rachel Ann (3:45)
    5. Ojos Cafes Hermosos (3:30)
    6. A Dance in the Park (6:07)
    7. Boundless (3:56)
    8. Jade (5:09)
    9. When It All Comes Together (4:14)
    10. Rain Forest (3:58)
    11. Miami Getaway (5:45)
    12. Sable (3:14)

    The songs are
     finely crafted, the improvisations filled with meaning and balance, and the musicianship outstanding.

    Scott Adams

    • Rob Ryndak, acoustic piano, electric piano, synthesizer, and percussion
    • Ruben Alvarez, percussion
    • Vince Benedetti, trombone
    • Paulinho Garcia, acoustic guitar
    • Jim Gifford, drums
    • Kevin Guin, electric bass
    • Jim Johnson, flute
    • Bobby Lewis trumpet, flugelhorn
    • Dave Ness, electric guitar
    • Mike Staron, electric and acoustic bass
    • Steve Wunder, soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax, flute
    Moving Forward

    1995 Rob Ryndak
    Southport  (S-SSD 0036)
    Released: February 1996

    All arrangements and compositions by Rob Ryndak
    1. Ostinato * (0:30)
    2. Curato: A Piece Full of Quarters (4:43)
    3. Playing With Angels (4:09)
    4. Whenever I Think of You (3:19)
    5. Funky Fun (7:41)
    6. Patty Sue in Blue (5:18)
    7. Creek Haven Blues (3:27)
    8. Dancing in the Air (4:02)
    9. Flute Solo * (0:41)
    10. Moving Forward (9:12)
    11. Interlude (1:19)
    12. Abbey (6:50)
    13. Barb (4:42)
    14. Reprise * (0:36) 

    * from Dancing in the Air

    Composer/pianist Rob Ryndak has
    put together an engaging collection of compositions that sounds ripe for radio play.  His melodies tug at your ear while the grooves push at your feet.

              --Dave Helland

    • Rob Ryndak, piano, keyboards, and bongos
    • Fred Blacksmith, drums
    • Steve Eisen, tenor sax & flute
      • John Falstrom, bass
      • Dave Francis, percussion
      • Larry Gray, cello
      • Bobby Lewis, flugelhorn
      • Mark Randolph, guitar
      • Judy Stone, cello

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