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Rich Austin

Drummer Rich Austin has played in countless groups of varying size, style and configuration from big bands, symphony orchestras to smaller jazz ensembles featuring jazz, latin, rock, R+B and even country. In 1985 he began a long creative association with pianist/composer Bob McHugh that continued to Rich's passing. In 1992 Mr. Austin released the CD "Smoke Signals" on Alliance Records his debut album as a leader and in 1994 played on and co-produced Bob McHugh's CD "Manhattan Sunrise" also on Alliance which featured latin percussionist Ray Mantilla. Rich also played on and contributed to three other Bob McHugh albums "Soaring On Wings Of Ivory and Black" and "Another Sunrise" on Outstanding Records and "Straight Ahead" on Lunge Music. Rich's last recording was in 2004 "Right At Home" on Lunge Music

Right At Home

Label: Lunge Music
Released: 2005
Track listing: Let The Chihuahuas Dance, Quint Essentials, Something About Jane, Calling of the Heart, Endearing Young Charms, Time Was(Duerme).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rich Austin: Right At Home

Read "Right At Home" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Drummer Rich Austin leads his quartet in a fine début recording for this New Jersey combo. Each member of the group brings something different to the table, and I was most impressed by pianist Bob McHugh's playing/compositions and altoist Tommy LaBella's fluency and lyricism. On bass, Ron Naspo gets in some nifty arco solos on “Endearing ...


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