“This is the band. This is what I’ve wanted to achieve. I know I can go anywhere in the world with these guys and it will be an amazing time for us and the fans. It feels good, it sounds good, and I can’t wait to take this show out on the road.” –Jeff Richman
A little over a year ago, guitarist/composer Jeff Richman released “Like That” – a revelation in contemporary jazz-fusion and his 15th solo hit. The prolific artist is back, with another album coming down the pike (October 18), “Jeff Richman and Chatterbox: The Line Up,” a bold series of instrumental conversations amongst his favored recording crew: bassist Dean Taba, keyboardist Mitchel Forman, and drummer Joel Taylor. These three major side musicians have seen Richman through several notable recordings in the past, so the intrinsic trust, easy camaraderie, and unspoken, intuitive give-and-take are ever-present.
“This is the band [Chatterbox]. This is what I’ve wanted to achieve,” Richman lauded. “I know I can go anywhere in the world with these guys and it will be an amazing time for us and the fans. It feels good, it sounds good, and I can’t wait to take this show out on the road.”
The Nefer Records album release is filled with original, moody tracks that converge to give a sense of introspection, the occasional funky outburst, and a few surprises along the way (“Point Of You” is infectious, clever, and sexy, as Taba’s bass lines and Richman’s guitar reverbs replicate the drama of a building, cresting wave). Each of the 12 songs composed by Richman show off his way with tempo, odd-metered time signatures, key changes, rhythmic changes, in-depth improvisation, and layered melodies.
“It’s All One,” “Right Here, Right Now,” and “Square Root” give the listener a bird’s-eye view into the organic process of a jazz jam session, as each of the musicians throws in with their ideas on point. Nothing’s held back, over-simplified, or apologized for. Jeff Richman and the band mates he chooses on each and every project love to push the limits, figure things out, question the parameters, and let the music unfold naturally, organically—a true collaborative process he’s known for and expects.
A fixture at L.A.’s famed Baked Potato, Richman has scratched the surface of jazz-fusions with his tribute albums to Steely Dan, Jeff Beck, Coltrane, and Santana, among many other established, iconic bands. His own solo albums have also garnered much critical and audience attention, leaving a signature legacy of melodic accessibility, rich tones, and inter-woven, aesthetic fusion sense.