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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 instead with the spirits of Mingus, Monk, and Miles. Of this alliterative trio, Miles has been a decidedly conscious influence in terms of process. And in fact, as becomes obvious once you acclimate to its flow, Wright’s improvising strikes more of an affinity with horn players than guitarists

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Zen Tornado

Label: HipSync Records
Released: 2005
Track listing: 1.Hummingbirds Don't Sing (5:24) 2. Blue Streak (10:22) 3. Sunrise Pixels (4:28) 4. Boogie for Buddha (6:42) 5. Paradiggum (5:43) 6. Scratch Ticket (4:59) 7. Clickstream (4:44)

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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 ...

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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 ...


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