Album: Jacaranda
Artist: Trevor Rabin
2012 Varèse Sarabande
CD: Varèse Vintage CVV-7140

Trevor Rabin: guitar, bass, keys, vocals (12)
Vinnie Colaiuta: drums (2, 4)
Lou Molino III: drums (3, 10, 11)
Ryan Rabin: drums (5, 9)
Tal Wilkenfeld: bass (3)
Liz Constantine: vocals (6)
Rompie the dog: bark (12)

Produced & engineered by Rabin
Recorded at Jacaranda Studios
Mastered by Paul Linford
Front cover by Hannah Hooper
Back cover photo: Ron DeVivo
Art direction & design: Bill Pitzonka
Legal: Derek Rabin
Release coordinated for Varèse Sarabande Records by Cary E Mansfield, Bryon Davis

1. "Spider Boogie" (0:52)
2. "Market Street" (5:35)
3. "Anerley Road" (7:14)
4. "Through the Tunnel" (5:55)
5. "The Branch Office" (2:06)
6. "Rescue" (3:57)
7. "Killarney 1 & 2" (3:55)
8. "Storks Bill Geranium Waltz" (1:02)
9. "Me and My Boy" (3:14)
10. "Freethought" (2:15)
11. "Zoo Lake" (4:09)
12. "Gazania" (3:12)

All written & arranged by Rabin

Notes: (*****) Released 8 May 2012, this instrumental album (there are wordless vocals on (6) and (12)) was Rabin's first since 1989's Can't Look Away. Work began in 2007 and continued during a period when Rabin was largely focused on film scoring. Rabin has called the album the best of his career and it was met with generally positive reviews: it also entered the US Contemporary Jazz chart at #6, #19 in the Jazz chart. Rabin soon announced that he was working on a follow-up album with vocals, although as of late 2017, that was only half complete.

The track titles mainly refer to growing up in South Africa. The jacaranda is a tree in South Africa that Rabin had already named his studio after, where he recorded the album. (6) was first recorded as "Rescuing Fischer" for the film "The Guardian", but was re-arranged and re-recorded here. Rabin hadn't previously worked with Colaiuta when he asked him to play on (2) and, impressed, got him to play on (4) as well. Colaiuta recommended Wilkenfeld to Rabin. Molino had often worked with Rabin before and subsequently joined Yes featuring Anderson Rabin Wakeman. Ryan Rabin is Trevor's son. The front cover is by Hannah Hooper, Ryan's bandmate in Grouplove.

In an Oct 2017 interview, the interviewer suggests that the first part of "Market Street" sounds like it could be the basis of a future Yes song. Rabin replied, "When Jon first got the album, he sent it back to me with his vocals on top of the stuff. It was very flattering but "It's a fucking instrumental record, Jon." [Laughs] But, you're so right. That's exactly where Jon wanted to go. Take stuff from Jacaranda and use it. There's no reason why we [Yes ft. ARW] couldn't. So, at some point we might rehearse a song or two and see what we can do with it beyond instrumentals." (HP, 14 Oct 17)
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