Archive for September 4th, 2009

Richard Smith – Natural Soul

How could I miss this album? Richard Smith is a high-acclaimed professor of jazz guitar music at the USC. The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities, located in the heart of Los Angeles. The USC Thornton studio/jazz guitar department is considered one of the finest guitar programs in the world, boasting a faculty of world class touring and recording guitarists.

Richard Smith has already performed with Kirk Whalum, Marc Antoine, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Dan Siegel, Warren Hill, Bob Hope and Brian Bromberg, to name a few. His solo projects are Rockin The Boat (1989), Puma Creek (1989), Bella Firenza (1991), From My Window (1994), First Kiss (1997), Flow (1999), Natural Soul (2002), Soulidified (2003) and LA Chillharmonic (2008).

Richard is just touring in Netherlands, U.K. and Sicily. His new album is in the composition and tracking stage and on his gigs he is currently testing some of his new compositions. During his tour Richard is also doing a lot of teaching for the benefits of European jazz guitar students. I met Richard in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, where I attended his gig in a Jazz Café and had a nice conversation with him. Richard gave me a copy of his album Natural Soul, an independent release, which is still available at CDBaby.

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