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Jeff Richman: Sizzle

Read "Sizzle" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Veteran modern jazz guitarist Jeff Richman will release his seventeenth solo project Sizzle on November 17, 2016. The project joins together longtime collaborators to form a tight-knit band that certainly shares a well-oiled chemistry; with Jimmy Haslip on bass and handling the production, Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, George Whitty (keys/programming), and Gergo Borlai (drums/programming). Richman is given a stunning backdrop to convey his rich musical message. Sizzle has a wonderful guest line-up including: Jeff Beal (trumpet, flugelhorn), Taylor Eigsti (piano), ...

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Jeff Richman: Solo Artist, Entrepreneur, or Chatterbox?

Read "Jeff Richman: Solo Artist,  Entrepreneur, or Chatterbox?" reviewed by Phil DiPietro

Guitarist Jeff Richman has worked in the highest echelons of electric jazz for the last two decades, distinguishing himself over a productive career that has spawned more than twelve solo titles and twice as many guest appearances. Recently, he's found a new niche; mastermind producer / arranger / player / instigator of the electric jazz tribute/compilation. Jeff has spearheaded no fewer than three ripping, yet somehow discerning, paeans to Miles, 'Trane and Mahavishnu issued, it seems, en masse,in the last ...

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Jeff Richman & Friends: Fusion for Miles, A Guitar Tribute: A Bitchin' Brew

Read "Fusion for Miles, A Guitar Tribute: A Bitchin' Brew" reviewed by John Kelman

Trumpeter Miles Davis shifted gears so many times during his forty-year career that doing a proper tribute which covers the entire time frame represents a distinct challenge. Perhaps that's why many artists have focused on specific periods in their Miles tributes. Producer Gary Guthrie put a new spin on Kind of Blue with A New Kind of Blue, while trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and guitarist Henry Kaiser's Yo Miles! project has released three sets inspired by Miles' '70s electric period. ...

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Jeff Richman & Friends: Visions of an Inner Mounting Apocalypse: A Fusion Guitar Tribute

Read "Visions of an Inner Mounting Apocalypse: A Fusion Guitar Tribute" reviewed by John Kelman

Tribute albums are a risky undertaking. You need to be respectful without being too imitative. You need to demonstrate the impact of the artist(s) while at the same time showing how things have moved forward. In a nutshell, you need to be relevant and reverent without coming off as simply a poor carbon copy.

Paying respect to John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra presents an even greater challenge than most. For one thing, drummer Gregg Bendian's fine Mahavishnu Project has already delivered ...

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Jeff Richman & Friends: A Guitar Supreme: Giant Steps In Fusion Guitar

Read "A Guitar Supreme: Giant Steps In Fusion Guitar" reviewed by Jim Santella

Contemporary jazz pays homage to John Coltrane on this soulful album of favored memories. Wired for action and primed for powerful results, eight fusion guitarists interpret this set of standards with alacrity. Each featured artist, supported by Larry Goldings, Alfonso Johnson and Tom Brechtlein, tackles a different track. The organ-bass-drums groove gives each guitarist a wide palette with which to explore.

Mike Stern interprets “My Favorite Things" with the same breathless stamina that Coltrane gave us. His fluid ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Jeff Richman & Friends: Live at the Baked Potato, Volume 2

Read "Live at the Baked Potato, Volume 2" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins

The brotherhood of L.A. fusion’s finest, Volume Two. The first collection of live recordings by guitarist Jeff Richman and compadres, taped at the Baked Potato in Hollywood, was issued by Tone Center in March 2001 and reviewed here in June. This second compendium of hot jazz-rock jams is well up to par with the first batch, certainly more than mere studio floor-sweepings.

As with Volume 1, Richman is the sole constant here. He’s surrounded by different jazz buddies on each ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Jeff Richman & Friends: Live At The Baked Potato Volume 2

Read "Live At The Baked Potato Volume 2" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

With the second installment of West Coast-based guitarist Jeff Richman’s “Live At The Baked Potato Volume Two”, the artist offers more jazz/fusion/rock pieces culled from a series of spontaneous gatherings among many of California’s most notable session musicians, group leaders and solo artists. Perhaps a bit less affecting than the previous release, as Richman once again leads various ensembles through a series of spontaneously organized standards and original compositions, recorded live at this famous Los Angeles jazz venue.

Richman’s arsenal ...


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