Gary Motley, piano, keyboards
Victor Goines, saxophone (3,6)
Produced by Gary Motley
Recorded and mixed by Trammell Starks
Photography and graphic design by Billy Holiday
All compositions written by Gary Motley
2009 Gary Motley Music, Inc.
This recording is dedicated to pianist Oscar Peterson-one of the most prolific musicians of the twentieth century. A consumate artist and performer, Peterson’s artistry has influenced pianists worldwide. Renaissance is not an attempt to render a stylistic recreation of Peterson’s unrivaled pianistic prowess. Rather, it is a tribute to his musicianship and creativity. The compositions contained in this recording reflect various elements of Peterson’s style and technique. These original works also represent the merging of past traditions with various elements of today’s common practice.
My goal with Renaissance was to render a musical dedication to one of my musical heroes. After much thought, i decided to merge the traditions of yesterday with current practices and technology. I have long been a fan of Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown and Milt Jackson, often transcribing their solos in an attempt to gain a greater understanding of their music. I am also a fan of technology and am amazed at the advances that have been made in this arena. I believe that it is very important to know the history of jazz in order to responsibly affect the future of the genre. It is also vitally important to understand that technology and innovation can be embraced without sacrificing artistry and creativity.
While we have lost one of the greatest musical innovator of our time in Oscar Peterson, Renaissance is but one embodiment of the “rebirth” that his influence will engender for generations to come. While it would be impossible to capture the complete essence of this man in a single recording, this recording pays homage to my mentor with the hopes of inspiring other musicians to reflect on the past while looking toward the future.