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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: 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 ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

2019 Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide

Read "2019 Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

With each passing year, Winter JazzFest—New York's premiere jazz festival—has expanded the number of venues presenting an increasingly diverse array of musicians. There are several ways to approach a programme as dense and exciting as the 2019 edition of the two-day Marathon spanning January 11th and 12th. Thanks to an embarrassment of riches, festival goers face ...

Fullmoon

Label:
Released: 2018
Track listing: New Moon; Snare; Piano; Half Moon; Gong (Part I); Gong (Part II); Timpani; Full Moon (Part I); Full moon (Part II).


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