|Genre : Instrumental Jazz|
|Performances at JIJJF|
|Song Teaser : (All songs need windows media player)|
|About This Act :|
|Rick’s move to contemporary jazz came about by accident. He traveled to Toronto to shop several demo tapes. One music publisher who listened to Rick’s instrumentals suggested that he contact Mesa/Bluemoon, whose main offices, ironically, were about two miles from Rick’s Studio City home.
In ’93, Rick released his first solo album on Mesa, Intimate Secrets. In ’94, the composer and producer released Night Walk. Rick was the touring trumpeter for Sade on the “Love Deluxe” tour and that influence resulted in a huge leap for him in style and content from his first to second album. Listening to Night Walk is almost like listening to Sade instrumentally. Night Walk grabbed Adult Alternative’s top Most Added honors. In that same year, ’94, Rick also released Christmas Present.
Rick’s 1995 album Beat Street, led the pack again. His influence for this he says is thinking back on his days in War’s touring band in the mid ’80’s. After the fact, those memories had a major musical impact on his writing and on our ears. “This is definitely a more spontaneous recording than anything I’ve done before. Instead of sitting in a room by myself, composing the music before going into the studio, I just took my inspiration from a bunch of guys getting together and playing, with no idea of what we were going to come up with”. Beat Street topped the contemporary jazz charts for a record-breaking 13 weeks, eventually becoming the No. 1 smooth jazz record of the year, garnering Braun Gavin’s Artist of the Year and Album of the Year in 1996.
taken from : javajazzfestival.com/2006/artists