"Trumpeter Rex Richardson ought to be better known for his ability to straddle the worlds of jazz and classical music. A standout soloist with the power, tone and flexibility to rival Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw..." DownBeat Magazine
His (Richardson's) focused, fiery delivery and high wire act of technical prowess is uncompromised whether soloing for orchestras in Slovenia and Manchester or fronting a jazz combo..." - All About Jazz
"Richardson's virtuosity is breathtaking to behold..." - Ken Hohman
“Rex Richardson is among the very best trumpet soloists in the world today!”- International Trumpet Guild
“One of the world’s most engaging and astonishingly versatile trumpeters.” - Style Weekly
BUGLES OVER ZAGREB, the sixth album from international jazz trumpeter and Yamaha Performing Artist, Rex Richardson, was released on October 14, 2014 and is available on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and http://rexrichardson.net.
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Highlighting his personal style, which combines a singular virtuosity with an endlessly inventive approach to improvisation, BUGLES
OVER ZAGREB solidifies Richardson’s status as a world-class trumpet player. Embodying both jazz cool and masterful range, he is an accessible artist and educator who will foster the genre for many years to come.
Inspired by a spectrum of musical characteristics from across the globe and recorded live at Croatian Radiotelevision studio Bajsić, the album is composed and conducted by Grammy-nominated Doug Richards; one of the most innovative composers of symphonic jazz today.
BUGLES OVER ZAGREB begins with the “INTERCONTINENTAL CONCERTO FOR TRUMPET AND JAZZ ORCHESTRA.”The musical journey takes the listener from Africa to Asia where we hear a blend of Richardson’s solos on trombone and piccolo trumpet. Then straight through to Europe and Australia where Richardson plays a quadruple-time improvisation on flugelhorn to a melody inspired by Bach and the shepherds-crook cornet during a convergence of musical cultures using the iconic “Waltzing Matilda.” The adventure continues to North America where Richardson’s trumpet turns home, celebrating the musical majesty of the U.S. on W.C. Handy’s “Aunt Hagar’s Blues.” Ernesto Nazareth’s “Oden” creates the basis for an unexpected direction to South America where Richardson performs on all five of the instruments associated with each prior track. During his cadenza, he traces the six continents in reverse order.
Keep your passport handy! The journey isn’t over yet. The second half of the album is entitled “DUKAL’S BUGLES,” by Doug Richards. The work, written as a tribute to Duke Ellington's best-known trumpet stars, consists of five sections (tracks) unfolding into one continuous movement.
BUGLES OVER ZAGREB is an epic, globe trekking treasure highlighting two American jazz masters at work.
More About Rex Richardson:
As one of the busiest crossover trumpeters on the international scene he is a veteran of the acclaimed chamber ensemble Rhythm & Brass, jazz legend Joe Henderson’s Quintet and Sextet, William Russo’s Chicago Jazz Ensemble, and the Brass Band of Battle Creek, known as orchestras, concert bands, brass bands and jazz ensembles on five continents. He has shared the stage with countless legendary artists and ensembles, including Brian Blade, Benny Carter, Boston Brass, Ray Charles, Mike Clarke, Dave Douglas, Kurt Elling, Carl Fontana, Aretha Franklin, Wycliffe Gordon, Stefon Harris, Conrad Herwig, Dave Holland, Dave Liebman, Keith Lockhart, Jimmy Owens, Chris Potter, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Arturo Sandoval, Allen Vizzutti, Bill Wautrous, and Steve Wilson.
Richardson has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University since 2002 and served as artist-in-residence or visiting professor at Ithaca College and London’s Trinity College of Music. He served as Yamaha Artist-in-Residence for the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England for spring of 2012 and was thereafter appointed the RNCM International Tutor in Trumpet. In 2009 he was presented with the VCU School of the Arts highest honor, the Award of Excellence.
When awarded the 2011 Theresa Pollack Prize for Excellence in the Arts, the Pollack Prize selectors wrote: “Richardson stands at the vanguard of jazz, classical and contemporary American music. As his star has risen internationally, he’s maintained a clear commitment to education through his position at VCU. He is an extraordinary musician.” He was also named the 2008 Brass Herald Personality of the Year.
The roots of Rex Richardson:
Born in the Napa Valley area and adopted into a military family, Richardson spent a musical childhood in various far-flung areas of the U.S., including Hawaii, Alaska, New York City, and Boston before settling outside Washington, D.C. It was here that he plunged headlong into the trumpet world, studying with Dennis Edelbrock and Chris Gekker. While still a teenager, he was regularly engaged forsome of the most challenging works in the repertoire, including Bach’s Cantatas and the 2nd Brandenburg Concerto. After high school he continued his studies in Chicago with Vincent Cichowicz, becoming a fixture on the music scene through performances with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and virtually all of the city’s top jazz musicians. Having joined Rhythm & Brass and signed with Yamaha in 1995, Richardson moved to New York City in 1997, where he immediately began touring with Joe Henderson and began pursuit of his solo career in earnest.