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Twelve by Three

Artist: Tim Richards

Date of Release: 01/01/2003

Catalogue no: 33JAZZ072

Label: 33JAZZ

Price: £12

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Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

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 TRIO
Tim Richards - piano
Dominic Howles - double bass
Matt Home - drums

 

Reviews

 

01/05/2003 Dave Gelly THE OBSERVER

"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."

 

01/04/2003 Stuart Nicholson JAZZWISE

"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 cliché."

 

01/04/2003 John Fordham THE GUARDIAN

"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."

 

01/03/2003 Peter Martin JAZZ UK

"Tim Richards and his colleagues Dominic Howles (bass) and Matt Home (drums) ably demonstrate why [the piano trio formula] still works. A swinging groove characterises this set, yet there are tender moments too, and on strong material like Gillespie's "Manteca" and Strayhorn's "Isfahan" the trio gives fine players like these the opportunity to find new angles."

 

01/01/2003 Nick Lea www.JAZZVIEWS.co.uk

"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 more original...

This is a superb set that displays all the facets of Richards' playing without resorting to flashy virtuosity, and shows the empathy between the trio through numerous gigs and tours. The band come out swinging on the opening Billy Taylor composition "It's A Grand Night For Swinging", and show a wonderful understanding and flexibility on the lovely "Ishmael" by Abdullah Ibrahim, which Tim describes as the most open tune on the album. It was recorded in one take with no prior discussion, and it's easy to hear how this piece may vary greatly from performance to performance.

This is an album full of surprises and highlights, with the trio playing seldom heard standards such as "When Sunny Gets Blue", the toe tapping blues "Whims Of Chambers" by the bassist Paul Chambers, and Dizzy Gillespie's "Manteca", with drummer Matt Home very much to the fore. With a couple of neat originals and a tender reading of Strayhorn's "Isfahan", what more could you ask for?

The sheer musicality and variety of this set shows clearly the pianist's heritage and knowledge of his idiom. Where his music takes him from here is far from clearly mapped out and defined, and I for one will be following his continuing musical journey with interest."


 

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