"A Tribute to the Music of ..." That's a phrase encountered regularly when one surveys today's recorded efforts--jazz and otherwise. A number of factors might be the motivation: there's a tremendous legacy of 20th century music (and legacy is usually bankable), or, perhaps, there isn't enough bankable current music. Either way, looking in the rearview mirror isn't too bad an idea.With Artistrythe tribute is to one of the most innovative bandleaders in jazz, Stan Kenton. However, while that's ...read more
On Artistry, the Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra pays homage to one of Richmond's former employers, the legendary Stan Kenton, not by rehashing music performed by the Kenton Orchestra--no matter how forward-leaning that may have been--but rather by renovating a few themes associated with Kenton (and quite a few others that weren't) in the manner in which Stan conceivably might have approached them if he were alive today. Among the album's dozen tracks are three that are explicitly bound to ...read more
Returning for his third release on the Origin label, Grammy-nominated composer/arranger/saxophonist Kim Richmond leads his ensemble in a dynamic performance at the Café Metropol in downtown Los Angeles, representing the ensemble's first live album.
Recorded in March, 2007, the Kim Richmond Ensemble is essentially a sextet where the piano duties are shared by Rich Eames and Brian Friedland. The group performs two original Richmond compositions--"Seagate 1 and Fuzzy Wuzzy. --and Clay Jenkins' In Fine Line, with the balance ...read more
CrossWeave 's opener, Troubleshooter," drives in on a tight rhythm groove that leads into some clean three horn harmony by trumpeter Clay Jenkins, alto saxophonist Kim Richmond, and tenor sax man Rich Perry, with a sound that harkens back to the classic Blue Note Records days, some of those classic sets by Lee Morgan and Art Blakey. A tight, shining ensemble mode with sharp soloing all around. CrossWeave is the third disc by the Richmond/Jenkins team, and it ...read more
...a lush cinematic soundscape...
Kim Richmond is a Left Coast saxophonist and arranger who has won his bread performing in pop-oriented settings. Well respected and sought after, Richmond has made several recordings as a leader. On Refractions, he opts for an impressionistic/expressionistic big band sound, music that ebbs and flows, demanding the attention of the listener. There are no mindless blues here.
Refractions is composed of nine originals and standards that are handled in an opaque and ...read more
The twenty-four piece Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra boasts a full roster of instrumentation, including double reeds and French horns, for a sound that is somewhat rare in the professional jazz world, but familiar to anyone guiding a child through a high school music program with a concert band." Lush and multi-layered, Refractions contains a full range of color and emotion.The word "symphonic" comes to mind with so many deftly-woven textures underlying the free-swinging improvisations; the classical ideas ...read more
Refractions is a beautiful album, one in which almost everything composer/arranger Kim Richmond touches turns to gold. From one who was largely unimpressed by the Concert Jazz Orchestra's previous endeavors, that's saying a lot. But I'm only too happy to change course and sprinkle praise where it is due. If every album by a concert orchestra" were as picturesque and persuasive as this one, I'd not hesite to give all of 'em an emphatic thumbs up. That's not usually the ...read more