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Take Five With Tim Richards

Read "Take Five With Tim Richards" reviewed by Tim Richards

Meet Tim Richards: Tim's first encounter with a piano was at the age of eight, in a dentist's waiting room. After classical piano lessons he taught himself jazz and blues from the age of 14, after seeing Thelonious Monk on TV.Since forming the long-lived modern jazz quartet Spirit Level in Bristol in 1979, he has performed his compositions at jazz clubs and festivals in almost every European country. Tim expanded Spirit Level to a nine-piece in ...

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Tim Richards' Great Spirit: Epistrophy

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Tim Richards' current band, the nine-piece Great Spirit, continues to explore much the same territory as its predecessor Spirit Level, which Richards disbanded in 1999, after 20 years and seven albums, presumably feeling the need to “refresh the brand." Muscular hard bop laced with a touch of R&B (as in Joe Liggins & The Honeydrippers rather than Ashanti) is at the base of the mix, with added infusions of in your face big band rock-outs, a touch of electrified funk ...


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