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Rik Wright's Fundamental Forces: Subtle Energy

Read "Subtle Energy" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Guitarist Rik Wright returns with Subtle Energy, an album that continues his exploration of well-crafted originals and band chemistry, again in a quartet format, but with a slightly more relaxed approach to the music compared to his earlier quartet records. The Seattle-based guitarist's previous releases were based on a trilogy of primary colors, Blue (2013), Red ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Rik Wright

Read "Take Five With Rik Wright" reviewed by Rik Wright

Meet Rik Wright:
A graph of Rik Wright's influences would read like a wave, running a gamut from jazz to rock and back again. As a guitarist he has taken on influences, often subconsciously, as varied as Andy Summers of The Police and John Abercrombie. Compositionally speaking, Wright hangs with a different crowd altogether, mingling ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rik Wright's Zen Tornado: Zen Tornado

Read "Zen Tornado" reviewed by Eric J. Iannelli

Zen Tornado, as the name alone might imply, is a tempestuous brew of jazz fusion with moments of almost transcendental tranquility. The eponymous ensemble, a semi-conventional five-piece unit, is led by guitarist Rik Wright, and the resulting debut full-length has a distinct thrust and direction that suggests Wright was able to get precisely what he wanted ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Polymorphism: Sound Is What You Shape It

Read "Polymorphism: Sound Is What You Shape It" reviewed by Jason West

Originally from Winchester, Virginia, a small town in the north Shenandoah Mountains, guitarist and composer Rik Wright studied jazz in a program led by Ellis Marsalis at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. As a professional musician he’s lived in Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, New Orleans and San Francisco.
Wright ended up in ...