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Richard Sussman

Richard Sussman is an accomplished jazz pianist, composer, synthesist, and educator. His varied career as a performer has included performances and/or recordings with such diverse artists as Lionel Hampton, Lee Konitz, Buddy Rich, Houston Person, Randy Brecker, Steve Slagle, Blood Sweat & Tears, David Sanborn, Marty Balin, Country Joe McDonald, Carly Simon, and Donna Summer. His jazz discography includes four albums of original music as a leader, including the critically acclaimed "Free Fall" (Double-Time Records), “Live At Sweet Rhythm” (Origin Records), and most recently “Continuum” (Origin)

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases Of 2016

Read "Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases Of 2016" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The music keeps moving forward, evolving to higher levels. My search for the best jazz recordings of 2016 led me to these marvelous CDs. Wadada Leo SmithAmerica's National Parks Cuneiform Records Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith has attempted in, the new millennium, to create his magnum opus. He may have succeeded ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Richard Sussman: The Evolution Suite

Read "The Evolution Suite" reviewed by Troy Dostert

On this ambitious recording, keyboardist Richard Sussman draws together several seasoned jazz veterans with the Sirius Quartet for a stimulating, genre-defying album of music. Built around Sussman's five-part “Evolution Suite," the record's guiding theme is also a gesture toward the transcendence of stylistic boundaries that animates Sussman's music. By utilizing conventional jazz, fusion, contemporary classical and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Richard Sussman: The Evolution Suite

Read "The Evolution Suite" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Arranger/conductor Gunther Schuller coined, in 1957, the term “Third Stream," to describe a musical synthesis of jazz and classical music. Early examples of this sound include Miles Davis/Gil Evans' Sketches of Spain (Columbia Records, 1961), saxophonist Stan Getz' Focus (Verve Records, 1961), and the Dizzy Gillespie/J.J. Johnson collaboration, the oddly overlooked and excellent Perceptions (Verve Records, ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

The Richard Sussman Ensemble Performs "The Evolution Suite" - World Premiere Concerts on December 20

The Richard Sussman Ensemble Performs "The Evolution Suite" - World Premiere Concerts on December 20

December 18 Union Arts Center (Sparkill, NY) World Premiere! December 19 Arts Westchester (White Plains, NY) December 20 Thalia Theatre at Symphony Space New York City Premiere! A Compelling Integration of Jazz, Contemporary Classical Music & Electronics Featuring: Scott Wendholt, Rich Perry, Mike Richmond, Anthony Pinciotti, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Richard Sussman Quintet: Nyack, NY, July 22, 2012

Read "Richard Sussman Quintet: Nyack, NY, July 22, 2012" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Richard Sussman QuintetNyack Jazz Week at the Turning Point CafeNyack, NYJuly 22, 2012Unlike the performance of certain forms of popular music, in which musicians dutifully strive to reproduce perfect versions of tracks from a record, a jazz CD release party proceeds from entirely different expectations. Befitting the music's emphasis on improvisation ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jeff Williams: Another Time

Read "Another Time" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The catch-all term “playing time" is often used as a descriptor for drummers that find a steady, supportive pattern and play it ad infinitum, whether to the benefit or detriment of a band, but that definition has always been limiting. Drummer Jeff Williams, for example, has and plays impeccable time, but he paints around the lines ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Richard Sussman: Live At Sweet Rhythm

Read "Live At Sweet Rhythm" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Life has few certainties, but the constant and ever-moving nature of time is one of them. Events, both miniscule and monumental, pass by and usually leave nothing more than a memory or, in the case of music, a record. Such was the case with pianist Richard Sussman's Free Fall (Inner City Records, 1978). Joined by some ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

New Jazz Series at Olive's, in Nyack, NY

New Jazz Series at Olive's, in Nyack, NY

After a successful two and a half year run, the weekly jazz series at Riverspace Arts in Nyack has been cancelled due to cost-saving programming cuts. The series sponsor, Rockland County Jazz and Blues Society is moving the community jazz series across the street to Olive's (118 Main St., Nyack, NY). The new series starts at ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Richard Sussman Quintet: Free Fall

Read "Free Fall" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The re-release of a classic... Formerly released on Inner City records in 1979, Richard Sussman's Post Bop masterpiece Free Fall languished for several years before being revived by Jamey Aebersold and Double Time Jazz Records. It is odd that as fine a recording as this is, Sussman recorded only once more for Inner City Records ( ...


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