Although Kaleidoscope, released by CIMP Records, marks the first duet album from Ran and Jon Hazilla, the pair’s friendship and musical collaboration dates back more than 30 years, when Jon was a student at the New England Conservatory. Jon, a professor at the Berklee College of Music, appears on Ran’s Film Noir (1980) and Short Life of Barbara Monk (1986) albums.
The album’s 19 tracks and nearly 74 minutes include several originals (such as Ran’s new “Birmingham to Obama,” new interpretations of “Cry Wolf” and “Arline,” and Jon’s “Monk’s Drum Dream” and “This Drum Doesn’t Waltz”) and their treatments of a range of jazz, classical, and traditional songs. (See the full track listing and ordering information below left.)
The album was recorded in Brookline in January of 2009, the day before President Obama’s historic first inauguration. It was produced by Robert D. Rusch, who also contributed liner notes. An excerpt follows:
“This session–this recital–was remarkably freewheeling despite its suggested repertoire. Between takes there was talk of cookies, Lenox Music Inn, various common acquaintances, musical suggestions, freely-associated and spontaneous excursions. For instance, within a span of 15 minutes, the duo went from Shostokovich to Arline to Driva Man to I Say A Little Prayer–all played with spirit and enthusiasm. After producing hundreds of sessions, I can say this was for us one of the more memorable experiences.”