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The Bob Szajner TRIAD II

Bob Szajner was born on September 12, 1938, he grew up listening to talented relatives playing various instruments. His mother taught him the basics of music and how to play piano at a very early age. In 1948, he won first prize in the Frankie Carle Piano Contest. This entitled him to one weeks performance at the Fox Theater in Detroit. He was one of the opening acts on the bill (a vaudeville theme) for Billie Holiday along with a comedian and an acrobatic duo. He enjoyed listening to her (Billie Holidays) style of music and accompaniment for her. This was the beginning of his quest for his own personal style.

Ten years later, for at least ten years, he started writing and performing Modern Jazz later known as Bebop and then later as Hard Bop. He performed with many musicians from the Detroit Jazz scene at various sessions, venues and jazz clubs throughout the Detroit Metropolitan Area. He often worked with Donald Byrd, Charlie McPherson, Lonnie Hillyer, Roy Brooks, Yuseff Lateef, Pepper Adams, Frank Isola and others as a back-up piano player.

For the next ten years, he wrote some tunes, but really became quite dismayed and disappointed with the business of music, especially, the lack of audience.

In 2007, approaching the end of his musical endeavors and wishing to leave a catalog of everything he ever recorded, Bob Szajner revived his label RMS007 Records and released his complete discography on seven CD's:
1) Jazz Opus 20/40,
2) Sound Ideas,
3) Afterthoughts,
and 4) “the best of TRIAD”
(featuring Roy Brooks on drums and Ray McKinney on bass);
followed by 5) “the lost tapes”,
6) “center\\\cuts”,
and 7) “loose ends”
(featuring Frank Isola on drums and Ed Pickens on bass).

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”neither tediously pretentious nor tediously simplistic... compositions follow suit—simple, melodic, catchy......” John H. Wilson / Hi Fidelity Magazine

*** (3 stars) Downbeat Magazine

“excellent set of originals, which touch on blues, post-bop, gospel, and jazz-funk......” Black Radio Exclusive / Highly Recommended

“rates top billing for its unique approach and results......” Chris Columbi JR. / Plain Dealer Cleveland, Ohio

“like painting ...with water've got to be good and right the first and only time......” Bob Bowers / CKLW Canada

“most enjoyable...smooth but not slick...lyrical and happy......” Jack Cole / CING Burlington, Ontario Canada

“...without conceptualize the challenge and integrity involved in subscribing to the strict ground rules.......” Dr

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The Best of Triad

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By The Bob Szajner TRIAD II



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