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Mike Richmond, Andy LaVerne and Anthony Pinciotti reinvigorate the marvelous conversational empathy of the classic Bill Evans trios.
Utilizing the invaluable contributions of pianist Andy LaVerne and Drummer Anthony Pinciotti, Richmond puts his own stamp on work that continues to pay off artistic dividends almost forty years after the passing of the composer. In the hands of this trio the structural surety, lyrical beauty, and inherent swing of these ever invigorating tunes are both brought to the fore and given new life.
The superb playing of LaVerne honors Evan’s compositional gifts and pianistic genius. Mike Richmond pays tribute to the iconic bassists that were part of Evan’s legacy—Scott LaFaro, Eddie Gomez, Gary Peacock, and Chuck Israels.
The project justly honors the work of accomplished composer Bill Evans.
Born in Philadelphia, Mike Richmond has been keenly involved with jazz and world music since the seventies. After studying with Edward Arian of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Jimmy Garrison of the John Coltrane group, Richmond went on to perform with numerous greats including Stan Getz, Gil Evans, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Henderson, Jack DeJohnette, Elvin Jones, Hubert Laws, and Ravi Shankar.
Richmond has been involved in some of jazz’s most impressive projects. He participated in the Miles Davis and Quincy Jones-collaborative concert in Montreux, Switzerland, which became Davis’ final performance. He subsequently replaced jazz icon Charles Mingus in the Mingus Dynasty Ensemble.
He received a Teacher of the Year award in 1994 for his teaching at New York University. His bass method book Modern Walking Bass Technique (Ped Xing Music) is used in over 300 universities and school systems internationally. Richmond has won Grammy Awards with the Miles Davis/Quincey Jones project and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Mr. Richmond performs regularly throughout the world.