Tom Rainey has played in bands with Tim Berne, Fred Hirsch and Craig Taborn, and his own trio with Ingrid Laubrock and Mary Halvorson.
For this ensemble he chose some of the finest players New York has to offer: Ingrid Laubrock, Ralph Alessi, Kris Davis and Drew Gress.
Christian Broecking writes (liner notes): «With Obbligato, Rainey brings two familiar acquaintances from Jazz history to the fore – collective playing and improvising on Standards – the actual material itself, the well-known melodies and chord progressions are not overly taken apart.
With Obbligato he wanted to find his own way of playing the milestones of Jazz history.
1. Stella by Starlight (Victor Young) 5:15
2. Beatrice (Sam Rivers) 6:21
3. What Is This Thing Called Love (Cole Porter) 4:02
4. What's New (Bob Haggart) 10:35
5. There is no Greater Love (Isham Jones) 6:48
6. Float Upstream (Obbligato) 5:23
7. I Fall in Love too Easily (Jule Styne) 4:53
Ralph Alessi Trumpet
Ingrid Laubrock Saxophones
Kris Davis Piano
Drew Gress Bass
Tom Rainey Drums
Recorded at Brooklyn Recording in NYC by Andy Taub on January 19th, 2017.
Mixed by Andy Taub on January 26th, 2017. Mastered by Alan Silverman at Arf! Productions Inc. on May 3rd, 2017.
Cover art: Christine Reifenberger. Graphic design: Jonas Schoder. Photo: Peter Gannushkin.
Liner notes: Christian Broecking. Executive production by Anja Illmaier.
Produced by Tom Rainey and Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt.