The Means of Response

SSC1569 2019-10-04

Track List

The Means of Response - 7:32
Like Flight - 6:57
Introduction To Shokunin - 1:12
Shokunin - 8:35
It Won't End This Way - 6:07
Monday Music - 6:34
Introduction To Spin - 2:51
Spin - 6:22
Sleep Little Clark - 4:47
The Mountain - 4:17
(If You Want It) - 6:20


Randy Ingram - piano
Drew Gress - bass
jochen Rueckert - drums

With The Means of Response, pianist/composer Randy Ingram’s intricate, virtuosic and powerful fourth record, the new father channels his concern over the terrifying racism, xenophobia and injustice that have come to define America today, and offers instead a message of solidarity and hope for his son. Inspired by Bertolt Brecht’s notion that “art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it,” Ingram uses the musical tools at his disposal to channel his feelings and to engage listeners, hopefully inspiring others to action. These events led Ingram toward the realization that the music on his next recording would be protest music. He continued to compose and sculpt the pieces written at MacDowell over the fall of 2018 and spring of 2019. Ingram then brought bassist Drew Gress and drummer Jochen Rueckert to the Samurai Hotel Studio in Queens to record at the end of March with engineer Michael Perez-Cisneros.