Saxophonist James Rinalducci wails his tunes down on River Street and in the squares of Savannah, Georgia. After visiting Savannah for the annual Jazz Festival in 2009, James fell in love with the city and quit the restaurant business in which he worked for 25 years to make it as a musician. He has been playing Jazz for 4 years and has been playing his current 1928 Conn Alto Saxophone that he has fondly christened “Gilda,” after the 1946 movie starring Rita Hayworth. Alongside playing tunes and improvising, he composes music based on conversations he hears and transfers their tonality into music. His conversational compositions possess a unique, flowing sound that can have short, abrupt notes alongside drawn out tones, like phrases and exclamations in conversation. Every February, James takes part of what is called The RPM Challenge. The challenge is to write and record an album of 10 songs or 35 minutes of music, all original work. All of which he does based on conversations he hears. If ever you find yourself on River Street, in Johnson or Reynold’s Square, keep an eye and an ear out for James and Gilda. Stop by and give him a sentence and he will improv a tune for you.
James Rinalducci - Alto Saxophone
James Rinalducci "Conversations"(2011)
This entire CD is based on conversations I heard in various places or things that were said directly to me. Track 1. "I Gotta Get Going" Said when my friend left the pub. The second part is her boyfriend saying "I gotta go too, I'm on a bicycle" With emphasis on "Bi" Track 2. "I Come Here a Lot to Read" Said by a man at a coffe shop while talking to two women. Track 3. "The Madness Has Begun" Was said to me by a friend a couple days away from his wedding. He was referring to all things that had to be done while the families were arriving. Track 4. "Mortality Rate is Really High" I overheard a couple of students talking, either medical or stats students and that was the only sentence that I could make out.
For the 2012 RPM Challenge, I intend to make an album of Haiku Jazz. I was hoping to do this last year (2011) in addition to a another project. It proved a little more daunting than I thought, so I am just focusing on that for this year.
What Haiku jazz is
A Haiku has 5/7/5 form. The music form is a Pentatonic scale for the first and third lines. THe second line is a regular Major, Minor or Modal scale. After saying the Haiku 5/7/5. The music is also 5/7/5. You can read more about this in my blog, titled Day 29.
Haiku Jazz II(2013)
My second time doing Haiku Jazz. I was hoping to have some other musicians, but there wasn't enough time. I was in a studio for the first time though. I hope you like the tunes.