London-based pianist Tim Richards has been a presence on the UK and international jazz scene since the early 1980s.
His style has been described thus:
Iaced with the blues." The ROUGH GUIDE
Tim's first encounter with a piano
was at the age of 8 in a dentist's waiting room. After classical
piano lessons he began to teach himself
jazz and blues from the age of 14, when he saw Thelonious Monk
and Otis Spann on TV. In 1979 he formed the seminal modern jazz group Spirit Level, a band that toured the Britain and Europe extensively in the 1980s and 90s, released seven albums, and was nominated 'Best Small group' in the 1995 British Jazz Awards.
"A highly distinctive solo voice, blues and gospel tinged, but with a percussive drive betraying his roots in hard bop." The INDEPENDENT
In recent years, Tim has won acclaim as
a composer and arranger, developing ideas in the larger instrumental
setting of his nine-piece band Great Spirit, which has featured key players on the British scene
such as Pete King, Ed Jones, Gilad Atzmon, Denys Baptiste, Tony
Kofi, Jason Yarde, Roger Beaujolais, Seb Rochford and many others.
The band released their second CD Epistrophy (33Jazz120) in 2005 (5-star online review) and toured the UK for the fourth time in
November 2006 with Finnish saxophonist Jari
Perkiomaki, with the help of a New Music award from the PRS
Richards' piano playing has the distinction of being both adventurous and immediately attractive." The
Tim has a Masters Degree in composition
from London's Trinity College of Music, and has also written pieces
for a wide variety of non-jazz ensembles, from string quartet
to symphony orchestra, also collaborating with dancers and filmmakers. To hear a selection, go to the Composition page.
"A unique mixture formed
from his admiration of both the expansive, robust playing of McCoy Tyner and the luminous delicacy
of Abdullah Ibrahim." The TIMES
Tim Richards HEXTET - new CD
Tim's latest project is a six-piece band featuring Dick Pearce (trumpet), Ed Jones (tenor sax), Ralph Wyld (vibes), Dominic Howles (double bass), Peter Ibbetson (drums). The 'Telegraph Hill' CD was released in May 2015 (see left) and received excellent reviews, eg:
"It's the energy of his compositions that, as ever, grab the ear and the heart." JAZZWISE MAGAZINE
"Tim Richards is one of the cornerstones of British jazz... A joy from beginning to end" THE OBSERVER
'Telegraph Hill' can purchased or downloaded at bandcamp.com
The band toured the UK in 2015 and 2016. Here's a clip of the Hextet in action during one of their sold-out gigs at London's Kings Place in 2012 and 2014.
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Tim Richards TRIO
In a more straight-ahead vein, theTim Richards Triohave been entertaining audiences
from Istanbul to Inverness since the mid 1980s. The trio's third CDShapeshifting is out now on 33Jazz. Here's the trio playing the title track shortly after their 2011 UK tour :
Tim also enjoys playing blues and has toured and recorded with many
well-known blues artists including the award-winning Otis Grand,
Dana Gillespie, Earl Green, and US
guitarists Joe Louis Walker and Larry Garner.
"Tim Richards plays
bluesy jazz piano with a fiercely contemporary edge and his compositions
are lushly melodic." EVENING STANDARD
- Hot Tickets
• Feature by Alyn Shipton in PIANO magazine, May 2006
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BBC Radio 3 Jazz Library
Tim hasrecorded twoJazz Libraryprogrammes withpresenterAlyn Shipton, featuring Tim and Alyn talking about the great pianists Hampton Hawes and Wynton Kelly and playing some of their favourite tracks.
Some of these can be heard by clicking on the player below - each progremme is in two 30-minute sections - only one part of each is available here. If Fish Wish is already playing, please pause it in the player at the top of the page before listening to Jazz Library.