Eddie Myer writes, “Richardson amazes again and again with his accuracy, command of language and sheer chutzpah.”
Leo Richardson and Quentin Collins clean up in October’s issue!
Barry Witherden writes, “Combining speed and accuracy, they play the hardest of hard-bop.”
Howard Lawes writes, “Whether Move is hard bop, bebop or some other kind of bop is really immaterial, this is just great modern jazz that establishes Leo Richardson as a jazz musician of the highest order and is a fitting tribute to the great musicians that have been his inspiration.”
Erminia Yardley writes, “It is a definitive 5 stars mark for “Move” from me!”
We come to the most recent release, on the 9th August: “Move” (Ubuntu Music) is the new album by the Leo Richardson Quartet. Richardson returns after the huge success of his debut album “The Chase”, this time with the talents of Rick Simpson on piano, Tim Thornton on bass and Ed Richardson on drums featuring also Alex Garnett as a special guest on tenor sax. Ubuntu Music has now released both Richardson’s albums and has steadily become a label with a huge amount of talent under one roof! So with “Move”, Richardson et al steer onto an even faster journey, there is still the big hard bop element, but the composition has evolved even more and it is better, we only have to listen to the title track, for example, there are stunning layers of innovation there.
I also love “Martini Shuffle” with its exuberant vibe reminds of Soho in the ‘50s every single time I listen to it. Whilst “Peace” is melodious and perfectly slows down to a lower gear. It is a definitive 5 stars mark for “Move” from me!
As you reach the end of this article, you will by now, realize the enormous mélange of diversity and creative talents that all this music represents. The beauty and challenge for a writer like me is just this: to find these creations and make them visible to the whole world. I loved writing about these artists and I feel privileged to be able to be given access to their music well before anyone else can. It is exciting and magical at the same time.
On the inner sleeve of Leo Richardson’s album, there is a quote from another one of my heroes which really says it all…
“Music washes away the dust of everyday life” – Art Blakey
The Sunday Times’ Clive Davis writes, “Richardson caused a stir with a debut album that was a masterclass in hard bop. The follow-up is every bit as tenacious.”
Mike Hobart writes, “Tunes command attention, themes are confidently developed and the rhythm section has spring and bounce.”
Lance Liddle poses the question, “The New New Jazz Couriers?”
Jazz Views’ Nick Lea writes, “Quite simply this album is top notch... it doesn't get much better than this.”
All About Jazz’s Roger Farbey whites, “With its strong tunes and consummate performances, the thoroughly excellent Move consolidates Richardson's position as a genuine rising star in the jazz firmament.”