Rob Ryndak’s writing is a potpourri of style and influences, shaped by the decades-long marriage of jazz with the tropics as well as Ryndak’s own curious rise to musicianship through seminary. His compositions combine pop along with jazz and latin rhythms to create melodies that—as jazz journalist Dave Helland writes—“tug at your ears while the grooves push at your feet.” Ryndak’s music is autobiographical and draws inspiration from not only his head and heart, but his family, friends, and the places he has visited. His musical influences also come from Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Poncho Sanchez, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Miriam Makeba, Bob Marley, Joe Sample, Horace Silver as well as the classical, R&B, and rock genres.
As a performer, Ryndak has recorded and played with a long list of Chicago
greats including Steve Cole, Ruben Alvarez, Geof Bradfield, Carlos Cornier,
Paulinho Garcia, Greg Fishman, Larry Gray, Rob Kassinger, Bobby Lewis, Richard
Patterson, and Paul Wertico. Although primarily a pianist, Rob continually draws
on his percussion roots to infuse a strong baseline of rhythms in his writing
and still likes to get out from behind his piano to play congas.
In the recording of his jazz work, Ryndak has compiled five albums of
originals. Although different in their own right, each jazz album highlights Ryndak’s melodic simplicity despite the variety of styles and rhythms he uses to
create music. All of which leads to heart felt improvisation and forces his
ensemble members to rely on their gut instinct more than habits. Rob’s lyrical
melodies are, more often than not, brought to life through a blend of strong
percussion with flute, trumpet and/or sax.
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