...riveting...breathlessly lyrical...Richmond is in the prime of his playing, and deserves to be heard.
The Grammy nominated composer/arranger/saxophonist returns for his 3rd release on Origin, this time featuring his sextet in a live set at one of Los Angeles' premier jazz venues. With a sense of searching and adventure, they explore Richmond's arrangements of standards such as "You Don't Know What Love Is," "Invitation," "The Peacocks," and "Never Let Me Go" along with three innovative originals.
1 You Don't Know What Love Is 16:08
2 Invitation 9:46
3 Seagate 1 10:55
4 The Peacocks 4:47
5 Fuzzy Wuzzy 11:15
6 Never Let Me Go 6:24
7 In Fine Line 12:24
Kim Richmond - alto/soprano saxes
John Daversa - trumpet
Joey Sellers - trombone
Rich Eames - piano (2,3,5,7)
Brian Friedland - piano (1,4,6)
Kristin Korb - bass
Erik Klass - drums
Recorded June 2, 2006, & March 24, 2007
Live at Café Metropol, Los Angeles
Recording Engineer: Tim Pinch
Mixing and Mastering: Talley Sherwood
Cover design: John Bishop
Cover painting: ?Nightscape? by Chris Zambon
All Music Guide (Scott Yanow)
The first live CD by Kim Richmond's sextet is full of extended performances (five of the seven numbers clock in between 9:46 and 16:08) and dynamic solos. When the song is a standard, such as a lengthy exploration of "You Don't Know What Love Is" or "Invitation," the renditions are episodic, benefiting from Richmond's arranging skills. The original ...
JazzTimes (George Kanzler)
West Coast small bands seem to enjoy arrangements with structure and routines more than the rough-and-tumble favored by Big Apple groups. This sextet, led by saxophonist and composer/arranger Kim Richmond, even manages to make a head arrangement called at this gig sound as if it were organized and rehearsed. But this also isn't one of those annoyin ...
Jazz Society of Oregon (George Fendel)
Over a period of years, you may have spotted the name Kim Richmond in the personnel of many a big band. Now the alto maven presents a sextet that plays with gusto on "You Don't Know What Love Is," "Invitation," "Never Let Me Go," "The Peacocks" and a few cheeky originals. Richmond can be mellow one moment, strident the next. But his players will ho ...
The Davis Enterprise, Feb 7, 2008 (Ric Bang)
"Live at Cafe Metropol" is this sextet's first live album, following one earlier studio release; members of the group also have been featured on CDs by other groups. Kim Richmond, once a member of the Stan Kenton orchestra, plays alto and soprano saxophones; trumpeter John Daversa is the son of Jay Daverso who, like Richmond, was a member of the Ke ...
Cadence April-June 2008 (Jim Santella)
The Kim Richmond Ensemble takes chances when performing in a concert hall or club, as much as in the studio. The music is exciting either way. Recorded in concert with a small audience watching, these sessions provide deep insight into the small band through which saxophonist Richmond has his say. John Daversa and Joey Sellers give the leader a c ...