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Rich Lamb

Rich Lamb has been playing fretless, 4 string, 5 string electric basses and the upright bass professionally for 34 years. He co-founded the turn of the 80's jazz fusion band "Dry Jack" and gained worldwide recognition with his brother, pianist Chuck Lamb, which was listed as part of the new wave of fusion in Rolling Stone Magazine's History of Rock `n' Roll. With Dry Jack (completed by guitarist Rod Fleeman and drummer Jon Margolis) he performed with legendary vocalist Eddie Jefferson and avant garde sax beatnik Richie Cole and opened shows for Pat Metheny, The Dixie Dreggs, Gino Vinelli, Freddie Hubbard and McCoy Tyner among many others. And before moving from New York, Rich played with trumpeter Dave Douglas in the mid eighties.

Since moving to Colorado in 1989, Rich has been performing with various artists, including Brazilian drum legend, Claudio Sloan and upcoming pianist Pat Bianchi. He performs in a nationally released PBS video concert playing with saxophone greats Ernie Watts and Ed Summerlin recorded at the Deer Mountain Jazz Festival in South Dakota (1992). Also performed there with sax legend Hank Crawford. He performs on the new release by Hazel Miller, Icons, as well as the "Live At The Fox" CD released by Hazel Miller and The Caucasians. Rich has subbed several times on E Town, the nationally syndicated radiio program which is recorded live in Boulder and played there with David Wilcox, Joan Baez, Martin Sexton and Greg Brown. He is currently freelancing and performing on the upright bass with pianists including Pat Bianchi, Geoff Cleveland, Eric Moon, Dana Marsh and Bill Unrau. You can also see him playing throughout Colorado with John Denver alums, guitarists /songwriters Pete Huttlinger and Jim Salestrom.

As a composer and first time as a leader, Rich has just finished his new CD, Music Along The Way. Featuring cornet master, Ron Miles (currently playing with guitarist Bill Frisell), pianist Chuck Lamb (touring with the Brubeck Brothers and featured on their new release “Classified”) and drummer Chris Lee (who leads his own group Primal Mates), this is a creative and improvisational collection of Rich’s music that he has written “along the way”. The recording was done in one session and the playing is inspired and interactive relying on the big ears and excellent musicianship of those involved.


1953 Kay Upright Bass named "Clyde"


“I just received your excellent CD. The performances are all first rate, as is the writing, and I can tell this is a CD that will be getting “heavy rotation” on my player.” - Mike Metheny, Kansas City

“...an artistically rewarding and great sounding recording with an emotional immediacy that is impressive. A high level of interactive musicianship is displayed. Perhaps the biggest revelation on this CD is the consistent sophistication of the well crafted compositions. Rich Lamb is the composer, and while there is no doubt that this is a jazz recording brimming with improvisational skill, there is an almost "classical structure” underpinning the intelligent chord progressions and often beautiful and evocative melodies.” - Chris Brubeck, bassist/composer

Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Music ALong The Way

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Another Mood

From: Music ALong The Way
By Rich Lamb


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