Tim Richards TRIO
Twelve by Three
1 It's a Grand Night for
Swinging Billy Taylor 2.45
Total time: 68.38
"Swings enough to make you want to kick the cat from
"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."
"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 Billy Strayhorn's "Isfahan"
and Horace Silver's "Safari" with a few of his own
pieces. The cohesion that comes from playing together regularly
makes this an impressive band."
"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
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."
groove characterises this set - yet there are tender moments
too, and on strong material like [Dizzy] Gillespie's "Manteca"
and [Billy] Strayhorn's "Isfahan" we are reminded how
the trio gives fine players like these the opportunity to find
"Tim Richards has been a fine pianist on the British scene
since the late 1970s - fluently exploring a hard-bop and blues-inflected
jazz... played with affection and charm."
"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... There are salutes in the direction of Ahmad
Jamal, Horace Silver, Abdullah Ibrahim and others, plus a couple
of originals that are all examined with his light airy touch,
making the material sound fresh by the simple device of avoiding
"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, who I'm sure by
now is tiring of such comparisons when in fact his style is far
Trio with Dominic Howles (bass)
Dominic Howles (bass)
"Dominic Howles provided plenty
Matt Home (drums)
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