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CORNER CAFÉ

“Corner Café” is an album of all original compositions co-written by Greg Ruby and Steve Rice. Inspired by mid-century Parisian swing, the album conjures shades of Django Reinhardt and Jo Privat while venturing into cinematic ambiance.

The project began causally in 2013 when Rice invited Ruby to play guitar on a recording session he was producing for film and television licensing. The two hit it off and before long began co-writing for these sessions.  At first, the two exchanged half written tunes but as the creative process developed, their in-person writing sessions immersed them in lively musical debate and artistic gestalt. Inspired by the process, they decided to release the compositions as an album. While still in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, they chose the title track, “Corner Café,” evoking the collective sense of longing for the simple pleasures of life – conversation with a friend over a cup of coffee at a corner café.

  1. Place du Swing
  2. Valse Volant
  3. Salut du Combo
  4. Where Does it Go from Here?
  5. Corner Café
  6. Mambo Tonight
  7. Twilight Blue
  8. Carte Blanche
  9. Rhythm and Rye
  10. January Rain
  11. Ballard Bridge
  12. Palo Verde
  13. The Cobblestone Street

Musicians:

Greg Ruby – guitars
Steve Rice – accordion, piano
Julian MacDonough – drums (1 – 11)
Saul Cline – clarinet (1, 5, 8, 9, 11)
Michael Glynn – bass (2, 3, 4, 6)
Cary Black – bass (1, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13)
Spencer Hoveskeland – bass (12)
Raphael McGregor – lap steel (7)
Brandon Shane Vance – violin (13)

Songs #1-11 written by: Greg Ruby and Stephen J Rice, published by: Greg Ruby Music (ASCAP) and Sunset Hill Music (ASCAP)
#12. Palo Verde by Greg Ruby, Greg Ruby Music (ASCAP)
#13. The Cobblestone Street by Stephen J Rice, Burnt Toast Music (ASCAP)

Produced by Greg Ruby and Steve Rice
Recorded at Sophia Hat, Seattle WA with additional remote recording
Engineered by Chris Spencer
Mixed and edited by Steve Rice and Greg Ruby
Mastered by Randy Sutin, Bump Jazz Productions
Artwork by Richard Morhous
Design by John Hubbard emks.fi

 

  1. Look Both Ways Greg Ruby Quartet
  2. Scofflaw Greg Ruby and the Rhythm Runners
  3. Inside Out Greg Ruby Quartet
  4. That’s It Greg Ruby & the Rhythm Runners
  5. Someone Told Me Your Secret Greg Ruby and the Rhythm Runners
  6. We Meet Again Greg Ruby Quartet
  7. Suspicion Greg Ruby Quartet
  8. Humdinger Greg Ruby and the Rhythm Runners
  9. Climb Them Walls Greg Ruby & the Rhythm Runners
  10. Low Down Greg Ruby & the Rhythm Runners
  11. Kansas Straight Winds Greg Ruby Quartet
  12. Pretty Doll Greg Ruby & the Rhythm Runners
  13. Go Get It Greg Ruby & the Rhythm Runners
  14. You Should’a Been There Greg Ruby and the Rhythm Runners
  15. Zephyr Greg Ruby Quartet
  16. That’s About Right Greg Ruby and the Rhythm Runners
  17. 14th Avenue Drag Greg Ruby and the Rhythm Runners
  18. Hold On Greg Ruby and the Rhythm Runners