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Stephanie Richards

Stephanie Richards is a trumpet performer, improviser, composer, conductor, bandleader, curator and producer whose accolades extend far beyond what might be expected of an early-career musician. Driven by curiosity about how listeners interact with music and what sensory variables are open to experimentation, Richards has worked with experimental improvisers (Henry Threadgill, Butch Morris and John Zorn) and popular music creators (David Byrne, St. Vincent and Kanye West) alike, performing commissioned works and her own compositions on legendary stages like those at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note and many others. Originally from Canada, Richards has spent much of her career cultivating an international presence while living in Brooklyn, NY

Supersense

Label: Northern Spy
Released: 2020
Track listing: Underbelly; Supersense; Canopy; Glass; Metal Mouth; Bunker; Matter is Water; Sleeping in the Sky: The Gentlest Insect.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Steph Richards, Dwight Trible, Roberto Ottaviano, Craig Taborn & More New Releases

Read "Steph Richards, Dwight Trible, Roberto Ottaviano, Craig Taborn & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week our playlist is bursting at the seams with great projects, several of which explore the renewed interest in what many like to call 'spiritual jazz,' from Roberto Ottaviano to Dwight Trible's Cosmic Vibrations and Matthew Halsall out of the increasingly interesting Manchester jazz scene. The rest of the playlist alternates forward looking projects like ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Steph Richards: Supersense

Read "Supersense" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

With all the threatening weirdness and desperate surrealism that has become life in the USA, it makes absolute sense that Supersense, daring trumpeter/composer Steph Richards' third full length album, starts out like an encroaching invasion of ants, or microbes, or a disruptive, divisive, myopic political movement. As with such forward seeking rebels as Henry ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

James Carney: Pure Heart

Read "Pure Heart" reviewed by Peter J. Hoetjes

When a large ensemble like the one heard on Pure Heart contains such dynamic personalities as Ravi Coltrane, Oscar Noreiga and Dezron Douglas, it's a sure bet that a bandleader is going to have their hands full directing them through his compositions. However, with just five songs to the album, pianist James Carney is able to ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mike Jurkovic's Best Releases of 2019

Read "Mike Jurkovic's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

It was this dozen plus of recordings, among many that deserve mention, that gratefully, again and again and again, pulled my attention away from binge watching the destruction of our cherished, yet all too vulnerable democracy. These are the recordings of 2019 that made it evident that we all need to remain vigilant and engaged, or ...

Take the Neon Lights

Label: Birdwatcher Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Take the Neon Lights; Brooklyn Machine; Time and Grime; Rumor of War; Transitory (Gleams); Skull of Theatres; Stalked by Tall Buildings; All the Years of Our Lives.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Stephanie Richards: Take the Neon Lights

Read "Take the Neon Lights" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Sono due gli elementi principali che emergono all'ascolto di Take the Neon Lights : la straordinaria tecnica strumentale di Steph Richards, nella scia di innovatori come Nate Wooley e Peter Evans, ed una scrittura decisamente originale, anomala, anticonvenzionale. Al secondo album da leader, dopo l'eccellente debutto con l'elettronico Fullmoon, Richards scopre definitivamente le carte mettendo in ...

Stephanie Richards: Creative Music

Read "Stephanie Richards: Creative Music" reviewed by Kevin Press

Calgary's Stephanie Richards has been rubbing shoulders with some of the world's finest jazz players since putting down roots in jny: New York City. The trumpeter has a passion for testing boundaries and an intuitive approach to her work. Her latest, Take the Neon Lights, is a tribute to her new home. All About ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Stephanie Richards: Take The Neon Lights

Read "Take The Neon Lights" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Trumpeter/composer Steph Richards kicks ass and she wants you to know it from the very first cutting, fluttering evocations of Take The Neon Lights' title tune/opener to the near “Taps"-like silence that closes things out, “All the Years of Our Lives." With a colorful CV of playing alongside such boundary-busting, risk-taking players as David ...


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