Tim's London-based jazz piano trio have been entertaining audiences from Inverness to Istanbul since the early 1980s, playing an attractive combination of contemporary originals and modern jazz, with blues, bebop, gospel and Latin influences.
Touring the UK in February/March 2011, the trio performed tracks from their latest CD Shapeshifting, released in 2010 on the 33 Records label,with Dominic Howles (double bass) and Jeff Lardner (drums).
The CD received some excellent reviews:
"Richards' originals strike fresh sparks frorn the hard bop style..."
John Fordham THE GUARDIAN February 2011
"The piano sings under his touch - a proper jazz trio too, not just piano plus support."
Dave Gelly THE OBSERVER March 2011
"This is no cocktail lounge dinner jazz ensemble - Tim, Dominic and Jeff operate but a short chorus from the cutting edge."
"Richards the recording artist is back with a vengeance. Needless to say it swings like crazy too."
As well as appearing at the Istanbul Pera Jazz Days Festival (2005), the trio have played at many of the UK's top jazz venues, including London's Pizza Express (Dean Street), 606 Club, Vortex Jazz Club, Bull's Head Barnes, Bass Clef, The Crypt Camberwell, Soho jazz festival, City of London festival, Edinburgh Festival, Swanage jazz festival, Fleece Jazz Club, Brighton Jazz Club, Southampton Turner-Sims, Herts Jazz, The Cube Derby, Dorking Jazz Club, Shepperton Jazz Club, Matt & Phred's Manchester, Jazz House Nottingham, Y Theatre Leicester, Cafe Jazz Cardiff, The Albert Bristol, The Lawn Lincoln, Colchester Arts Centre, a 12-date Scottish tour and many others.
Radio appearances include numerous sessions for BBC Radios 2 and 3 'Jazz Parade' and 'Jazz Notes', including live broadcasts from The Golders Green Hippodrome (1991, opposite Ronnie Scott's Sextet) and Pebble Mill Studios Birmingham (1994, opposite the BBC Radio Big Band).
impressively broad palette... strong melodic lines, muscular rhythms, ear-catching harmonies... a keen musical intellect and a swashbuckling sense of adventure..."
THE INVERNESS COURIER
Guest artists backed by the trio include Jim Mullen, Theo Travis, Alan Barnes, Liz Fletcher, and USA musicians including Scott Hamilton, Ken Peplowski and guitarist Ron Jackson.
The TRIO on YouTube
playing Charlie Parker's 'Au Privave'
Shapeshifting is the Trio's third CD on 33 Records. Details of the two previous CDs are given below.
(left to right)
Jeff Lardner, Tim Richards. Dominic Howles