Electropica is Rhode Islander Richard Bone's avant-ambient tribute to the significant influence of Bossa Nova. Bone is a one-man keyboard arsenal that launches his lush cocktails from the inspiration of Creed Taylor's Verve and CTI recordings of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luis Bonfa, Joao Gilberto and Walter Wanderley. While the result doesn't possess the rich complexities of samba or much of the improvisation of jazz (with the possible exception of "Waveland"), Bone constructs bright and witty percussion motifs that elevate the music several quality notches above your typical New Age wallpaper.
Imagine what Martin Denny would have done with synthesizers and you have an idea of what to expect. Then scan titles like "Electropica" (the disc's best track), "Afrouxe" and "Canguru" for evidence of the wit Bone brings to his inspiration. And while only rarely does Bone get referential "Ipanema 2000" quotes "The Girl From Ipanema" and "Pao, Baby!" offers a sample of Walter Wanderley's "Summer Samba" his music offers a considerable understanding of the mysterious twilight warmth of the most appealing samba. Electropica, Bone's eighth QuirkWorks disc, is much deeper than Deep Forest and filled with the warm, effervescent feel of a classic samba production. For more details, contact QuirkWorks at 401-232-0210 or visit the BONE page .
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.