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Rick McLaughlin

Prolific bassist/composer Rick McLaughlin performs and records with a number of Boston�s all-star ensembles including the Grammy-nominated Either/Orchestra and the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra. He has also performed in concert halls and jazz clubs around the world. Once called "one of my favorite bassists" by the legendary George Russell, he also leads the versatile Rick McLaughlin Trio. With a repertoire ranging from original compositions to Ellington standards to an arrangement of the second movement of the Ravel string quartet, the Rick McLaughlin Trio puts a modern spin on the drummer-less trio format made famous by groups like the Jimmy Guiffre 3 and the Oscar Peterson Trio on their critically acclaimed 2003 debut, Study of Light (Accurate). A contributing writer for DrumPRO magazines, McLaughlin is a freelance bassist/composer who has performed with musicians like Mulatu Astatke, Don Byron, Mick Goodrick, Steve Lacy, John Medeski, Bob Moses, Danillo Perez, John Zorn, and the rock band Morphine, among many others, in concerts throughout the United States and Europe, Thailand, Ethiopia and Uganda

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

John Burnett Swing Orchestra / University of Missouri Concert Big Band / Either-Orchestra

Read "John Burnett Swing Orchestra / University of Missouri Concert Big Band / Either-Orchestra" reviewed by Jack Bowers

John Burnett Swing OrchestraDown for DoubleDelmark2010 John Burnett, an Englishman who now lives and works (as a morning host at WDCB Radio) in suburban Chicago, is a great admirer of the golden age of big bands in the U.S., which spanned roughly three decades, from the 1930s through ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Either/Orchestra: Mood Music for Time Travellers

Read "Mood Music for Time Travellers" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

The past 25 years have been a time of transition for The Either/Orchestra. Members have come and gone and come back again. Their music has imbibed several styles and genres and grown all the richer. One of the sagest moves they made was the long, and fruitful, collaboration with Ethiopian music and with musicians that included ...

Study of Light

Label: Unknown label
Released: 2003
Track listing: Ravel String Quartet "Assez vif, tres rhythme" (Ravel, arr. McLaughlin) Ink (Greg Burk) Marina (Rick McLaughlin) OP (Sam Jones) Blink to Be (Greg Burk) Delicate (Rick McLaughlin) Colors of Chloe (Eberhard Weber) Isfahan (Duke Ellington) Without a Song (Eliscu/Rose/Youmans)

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rick McLaughlin Trio: Study of Light

Read "Study of Light" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It’s not chamber music just because you play it without a drummer; it could be jazz even though it was written by Ravel. That statement might be too long to be a title for bassist Rick McLaughlin's new trio disc, but it certainly is accurate. McLaughlin employs two fellow members of Boston’s Either/Orchestra, pianist Greg Burk ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rick McLaughlin: Study of Light

Read "Study of Light" reviewed by Matt Merewitz

Study of Light has truly accomplished its goal in exposing these three players in the most natural shades of light that could be imagined. The freeness of "Ink" and "Colors of Chloe" evoke a feeling of light slowly falling onto the musicians like a waterfall onto lilypads. You can imagine them in all black playing in ...


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