Tim Richards' Trio - TWELVE BY THREE (2003)

Track Listing:

1. It's a Grand Night for Swinging - Billy Taylor 2.45
2. Over the Moon - T Richards 5.27
3. My Secret Love - Parish/Sherwood 9.38
4. Poinciana - Ahmad Jamal 6.23
5. Safari - Horace Silver 3.45
6. Ishmael - Abdullah Ibrahim 6.38
7. Twelve by Three - T Richards 5.16
8. When Sunny Gets Blue - Fischer/Segal 8.27
9. Whims of Chambers - Paul Chambers 4.06
10. Manteca - Dizzy Gillespie/Chano Pozo 6.11
11. Isfahan - Billy Strayhorn 5.53
12. Oh Well Oh Well - Gene Harris 3.42


“Tim Richards... moves with impressive confidence from boiling Latin rhythms to bebop, ballads and even a tinge of gospel, while still retaining his own recognisable style. He also understands the art of choosing a good programme, alternating standards like 'Isfahan' and 'Safari' with a few of his own pieces. The cohesion that comes from playing together regularly makes this an impressive band.”

“Richards' confident, relaxed playing distils the best of the piano masters of the past... fresh and exciting... genuine jazz magic... a model of suppleness and lyricism...”

“The Tim Richards Trio left us in no doubt that the blues is not only the soul but the testosterone in the central thrust of jazz ancient to modern.”

“One of the best piano trio albums I have heard in a long time, irrespective of which side of the pond it comes from. The new release on 33 Records will come as pleasant surprise for anyone that immediately conjures up the Spirit Level band and McCoy Tyner when thinking of pianist Richards... An album full of surprises and highlights.”
Nick Lea - jazzviews.co.uk

“Pianist Tim Richards has consistently delivered a high quality jazz product from the exemplary band Spirit Level to his more recent Great Spirit, and here he takes a break from working with horns to perform in a trio context. The result is accomplished and not without poise; Richards is not afraid to use space, or to display his love of the blues...”
Stuart Nicholson - JAZZWISE MAGAZINE

“Swings enough to make you want to kick the cat from the outset... A wide selection of material... beautifully played and recorded...”
John Critchinson (pianist, Ronnie Scott 5tet) - MUSICIAN MAGAZINE

“Tim Richards is the kind of naturally swinging pianist you can never hear too much of... with a lot more drive than you see in most young pianists today. If you didn't know that this was recorded by a British pianist in 2002, you'd swear it was an old 1960s session by some hard-swinging, blues-drenched pianist like Billy Taylor, Horace Silver or Gene Harris.”

“They sound so American! This new edition of the Richards trio spends much of its time being bluesy and soulful, always letting the groove dominate. This is well out of keeping with the fashion of the moment and makes for a refreshing change...”
Martin Longley - JAZZ REVIEW