A wallet falls to the street silently, from the folds of a man’s coat, 

as he bustles out of a cab on Parliament Street. 

At least that’s how I pictured when I bent down 

and picked up the dark lump myself from where it lay. 

An amazing old photo I.D. from the 80s showed a widely smiling,

tanned fellow with abundant Greek ringlets for hair, 

so I looked up the name and left a message,

"Charles Ringas my name is John MacLean, 

and if you don’t know it already, you’re missing your wallet! 

So call me back”.

Giving or receiving, the universe feels kind in those moments, 

and he was very happy when we met. 

We talked music for a long time and found we had an uncanny 

amount of overlapping experiences on the same Toronto streets, 

playing the same venues, in the same studios.

It felt charmed, maybe too charmed to be real.

But at our next meeting I learned that Charlie is always Charlie 

and those channels and passions are always open 

and we began to discuss making this great record together.

 

Producers Notes

John MacLean

Produced by John MacLean

 

Kevin Turcotte - trumpet 

(tr. 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10) 

 

Rebecca Hennessey - trumpet 

(tr.1, 4, 6, 8)

 

Don Laws - trombone 

(tr. 1, 2, 6, 7, 8) 

 

Brodie West - alto saxophone

(tr. 1,2,4,5,7,8,9)

 

Mike Skinner - tenor/soprano saxophone 

(tr.1, 2, 4, 6, 8)

 

Bernardo Padron - tenor/soprano saxophone

(tr.5, 9)

 

John MacLean -tenor saxophone, clarinet, flute, ,pianorgan

 

Elizabeth Shepherd - electric piano

(tr. 4,5,7,9)

 

Garnet Willis - synthesizer, clavinet

(tr.1,3,6,7,10)

 

Ivana Popovic -electric violin

(tr. 4, 5, 7, 8)

 

Bret Higgins - double bass  

 

Charlie Ringas - drums, keyboards

 

 

Original tracks recorded

by Garnet Willis at Noisetree Digital Audio

between  June - November 2016.

 

Additional recording, editing, and mixing

by John MacLean at World Recording Studio

between December 2016 - November 2017.

 

Mastered by Jeff Elliott

Photography by Leib Kopman 

Graphic Design by Gabriel Altrows 

 

Coordination by Nick Austin 

© Ⓟ 2017 Charlie Ringas