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Free Spirit

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'Free Spirit' is Richard's 4th CD and first full length live DVD.

The DVD and the CD each feature 9 original Richard Underhill compositions. The band is truly amazing and features trombonist Ron Westray, the current Oscar Peterson Jazz Chair at York University and an Alum of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Wynton Marsalis. Dave Restivo on piano exhibits his lightening fast chops while Artie Roth and Larnell Lewis provide a solid, organic groove. Guitarist Eric St-Laurent and percussionist Michel DeQuevedo are added for the DVD, which was shot with 5 cameras.

This is a great package which combines the precision and sound quality of the studio with the spontaneity of a live show to give a complete jazz experience.
Kensington Suite

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Richard has released his 3rd CD 'Kensington Suite'.

The album sounds great and features 10 hip new instrumental jazz tunes. The musicians on the recording are some of Canada's top jazz players and include Reg Schwager/Eric St-Laurent on guitar, Joe Poole on drums, Artie Roth/Brandi Disterheft on bass, Chris Gale/Perry White on tenor sax, Dave Restivo on Hammond B3, Aline Morales/Mafata Lemphane on percussion and Scott Good on trombone.

Moment in Time

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Moment in Time is the 2nd jazz release from 2003 Juno Award winner Richard Underhill. 10 melodic original songs played with passion by a wonderful band featuring piano sensation Luis Guerra, tenor legend Bob Brough, bassist Mike Milligan and drummer Joe Poole. The CD also features wonderful drummer Daniel Barnes, Graig Earle on bass, William Carn on trombone and Chris Gale on sax.

The arrangements are excellent, the songs are catchy, the band amazing and the sound impeccable (thanks to Jono Grant!). Hard swinging modern jazz at it's best.

'one of the best-sounding CDs of the year'
A thoroughly modern take on modern jazz, la Coleman and Hawkins.
Brent Raynor 'NNNN' NOW | DECEMBER 15 - 21, 2005

'a resolutely swinging affair, focused and mature'
Eye Weekly - Toronto - November 24/2005

'shape-shifting pieces that show off rich harmonies'
The Toronto Star - November 10/2005


Tales from the Blue Lounge

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Tales from the Blue Lounge is the debut instrumental jazz release from Richard Underhill. This outstanding CD won a 2003 Juno Award and was nominated for the Prix du Jazz at the 2003 Montreal Jazz Festival. Tales from the Blue Lounge features 10 original compositions that touch on important modern jazz elements and reference jazz greats from Monk to Mingus to Ornette Coleman to Mancini.

Varied in arrangement style and instrumentation, these memorable compositions are brought to life by some of Canada's top jazz musicians including George Koller on bass, Ted Warren on drums, David Restivo on piano and Bob Brough on tenor sax. The album was produced by Underhill and Mark Mariash and mixed by Jono Grant.

'A stellar effort' - Echo Weekly - Kitchener
...'tales from the blue lounge' is a stellar effort and well deserving of the Juno kudo. The feeling harkens back to the mid-late 60s jazz in the style of Rollins or Cannonball Adderly. Underhill himself refers to this sound as "modern vintage," an apt description. Highly recommended.

'A wonderfully diverse and appealing album.' - Allaboutjazz.com

'Underhill emphasizes prime Blue Note muscle'
The sweetest surprise is "Lazy Afternnon," a ballad without apology - Johnny Hodges with added lemon. Underhill may prove the missing link between mass appeal and dignity' - Randal McIlroy, CODA issue 311 Sept 2003
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