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Tim Richards

Tim Richards was born in London and was drawn to music at an early age, his first encounter with a piano being at the age of 8 in a dentist’s waiting room. He studied classical piano with the renowned Carola Grindea until the age of 14, when he began attempting to teach himself jazz and blues after seeing Thelonious Monk on TV. Tim’s seminal modern jazz group SPIRIT LEVEL was formed in Bristol in 1979, a quintet with saxophonist Paul Dunmall and trumpeter Dave Holdsworth, and released seven albums between 1979 and 1999. After appearing at the 1985 Vienne jazz festival on the same bill as Miles Davis, they teamed up with US trumpeter Jack Walrath (ex-Mingus) for a series of UK and European dates, recording the acclaimed 'Killer Bunnies' album (Spotlite)

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 ...

Epistrophy

Label: Unknown label
Released: 2005
Track listing: Kirsten Sunday Morning; Pushing The Boat Back; Cliffs; Epistrophy/Apostrophe/Epistrophy; Over The Moon; Fish Wish; From The Deep.

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Tim Richards' Great Spirit: Epistrophy

Read "Epistrophy" reviewed by Chris May

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 ...


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