Chichester Jazz Club

Tim Richards Hextet

Friday, June 24, 2016

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Pianist and composer Tim Richards has been a presence on the international jazz scene since the early 1980s. His groups Spirit Level, a quartet, and Great Spirit, a nine-piece band, have been stunning examples of his intriguing compositions and arrangements as well as his ‘highly distinctive solo voice’, (The Independent.)

The Hextet features two giants of the UK jazz scene; Dick Pearce and Ed Jones, both ex-members of Great Spirit. The group is completed by rising stars Ralph Wyld, Peter Ibbetson and Dominic Howles.

Previously distributed albums have received rave reviews: ‘Richards’ arrangements are terrific and the choice of material is just as good’ - (John Fordham).

His group has been described as a ‘super-group whose passion proves inspirational’. (Stuart Nicholson – The Observer).

Expect state of the art playing on some dynamic charts from their newly released CD ‘Telegraph Hill’, reviewd below.

Line-up: Dick Pearce - one of Britain’s foremost and best-loved trumpeters, ex-Ronnie Scott, Stan Tracey, etc. Ed Jones - top saxman, known for his work with Killer Shrimp, US3, Incognito. Ralph Wyld - amazing young vibes player, in his final year at the Royal Academy. A face to watch! Dominic Howles - in-demand bassist and long-time associate of mine from the TR trio. Peter Ibbetson - dynamic young drummer, founder member of the SE Collective; made his name touring the world with the Puppini Sisters.

Reviews of ‘Telegraph Hill’ CD July/August/September 2015

“The splendidly consistent and splendidly passionate Richards, with his generous Tyner-esque chords and blues inflected solos, keeps the groove to the foreground while the horns keep the whole shebang tight and true… But it’s the energy of his compositions that, as ever, grab the ear and heart.” Andy Robson JAZZWISE MAGAZINE

“Pianist Tim Richards is one of the cornerstones of British jazz. Over more than three decades his work has been amazingly consistent - attractively melodic, harmonically rich and refreshingly unpompous. Hextet maintains the standard… A joy from beginning to end.” Dave Gelly THE OBSERVER

“British composer-pianist Tim Richards’ attractive 30-year-long agenda – smartly composed funky soul-jazz and hard bop, shrewd bandleading choices of talented old hands and gifted newcomers – remains in good shape. References suggest Herbie Hancock and McCoy Tyner, but he gives these enduring connections new meaning." John Fordham THE GUARDIAN

“A name synonymous with great British jazz of the last thirty-five years, pianist Tim Richards’ new album Telegraph Hill exudes the familiar characteristics of his playing and writing – buoyant, grooving melodies and arrangements which sparkle with his players' individual, improvisatory freedom.

It would be difficult not to get caught up in the verve of the pianist's soundscapes – on the one hand, possessing straight-ahead accessibility, but then bristling with big tunes, emphatic playing and frequent swing… and sumptuous solo work amongst brassy stabs.

It's great to find Tim Richards 'mixing it up' again with his personnel, injecting the richness of these original compositions/arrangements with snappy, intelligent improvisation.” Adrian Pallant LONDON JAZZ NEWS

“A very satisfying album… a fascinating blend of youth and experience. There’s a majestic and dramatic quality about Richards’ writing that invokes expansive and absorbing solos… it’s good to hear him writing for horns and vibes once more. A band that should be well worth seeing…” Ian Mann THEJAZZMANN.COM

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