Can Rick keep raising the bar on great jazz music? This notorious trumpeter / fluegeler / composer / producer raises the bar ten feet tall on his latest release "Full Stride" putting together once again his very best. Two-time winner of Gavin's smooth jazz "Artist of the Year", Rick brings out all the tricks with a great blend of smooth jazz, R & B, soul-healing ballads and funk for days. Only being released about a month, this stellar CD has reached #3 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Albums Chart this week and is still climbing. Rick gathers up an all-star lineup of jazz sidemen and women to collaborate on his best release to date.
For those of you who have never seen Rick in concert, have missed out on how this free-blowing musician can create new and innovative music in an instant. During the "Guitar, Saxes and More" tour Rick along with smooth jazz artists, Peter White, Craig Chaquico, Richard Elliot and Chris Standring, put on a display of energetic improvisational jazz that made the crowd scream for more, much more. Rick's technical mastery can not only be heard on his latest recording but experienced in his live performances as well.
On the "Magic Moment" track Rick's sultry trumpet playing comes shining through on this romantically paced tune where he also chimes in with a wonderful background scat; a talent I never knew he had. Rick's fluegelhorn on "Hollywood & Vine" is making its way into the hearts of millions seeing significant airplay on smooth jazz stations around the country. This single has reached #8 on Gavin's Smooth Jazz Charts, up from #11 last week. "A very good thing" comes alive with funk overtones and great guitar playing from smooth jazz artist Jeff Golub. My favorite track, "South of Midnight" tip-toes quietly through your mind with Rick again on the fluegelhorn bringing calm to any hectic day.
Smooth jazz enjoyment is what you will find in "Full Stride". Don't wait, stride on over to your local music store and do something for yourself. Buy this one for you! Enjoy!