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Richard Smith – Tangos

TangosRichard’s well-known discs have garnished praise such as “Best Contemporary Jazz Guitar Album” (Tune Up Magazine), a nomination for “Record of the Year” (Ad Lib Magazine), and “Best New Artist” (Radio & Records Magazine). His album ‘SOuLIDIFIED’ spent 17 weeks in the top 10 for radio airplay of American contemporary jazz radio (Radio and Records Magazine) and 3 weeks at number 1 in the World for satellite and cable airplay (Music Choice).

This has been an exciting time for Professor Smith, a time of growth and change. In 2012 and 2013 Smith traveled to 11 countries around the globe performing music from his 13 releases and collaborating with a group of international all-stars on “Tangos” – the deepest and most engaging release of his career. The reason why Richard’s new global approach works so well is simple, he is a globally connected person, living abroad 3 months out of every year.

For half of 2012 the globetrotting guitarist was visiting professor at Agder University, Norway, one of Europe’s finest conservatories. It was a good fit, for Scandinavia has long been known for it’s unique, influential music. While in Northern Europe, Smith debuted his L.A. Chillharmonic arrangements for Big Band – bringing L.A. style funk, soul and jazz to Oslo, London, and Amsterdam, and to Denmark via a residency with the Royal Academy of Music. Continue reading

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Various Artists – Jazz Responds: An All-Star Compilation To Benefit Victims Of Human Trafficking

It is estimated that there are 27 million slaves in the world today, which is more than at any other time in history. This shocking statistic is even more compelling when you consider that approximately 1 million of these slaves are children. Many of these children, some as young as five years old, are forced to work as prostitutes in brothels to fuel the Global Sex Trade. Shockingly, this is not an issue relegated to Third World countries – it happens on nearly every continent, including right here in the United States.

So, what can we do about it?

The solution is complex because laws in every country need to be considered, the safety and anonymity of the victims must be considered, and the fact that human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry means there are enemies to those who would try and stop it.

However, there are solutions and you can take part in them. For example, making sure the products you buy are “Slave-Free” helps to curb the demand for slave labor. Being vigilant and knowing what signs to look for when you see young children or foreign workers in seemingly unfamiliar situations is important. Helping to fund groups that are working to rescue and restore victims and punish the perpetrators is crucial to eradicating the issue.

At FACT Alliance, our primary mission is the building of aftercare homes for both international and domestic victims. Studies have shown that, without proper aftercare, rescued victims often end up back in their slave life. There are known victims who could be rescued at this very moment, but they aren’t because there are not enough aftercare facilities to house and care for them. It is our hope to help raise money and partner with other existing organizations to fulfill this great need. By building new homes and supporting existing ones, we can begin to see more victims rescued and restored.

To learn more about the issue and how you can get involved (or to donate more!), please visit us at www.letsrespond.com.

All profits will go towards the rescue and restoration of victims of human trafficking and the child sex trade.
1. RICHARD SMITH – “D’BLUZE”
2. DAN SIEGEL – “SOMETIME TOMORROW”
3. MINDI ABAIR – “GIRLS NIGHT OUT”
4. BRIAN BROMBERG – “ISN’T IT BEAUTIFUL”
5. TONY GUERRERO – “GABRIELLA”
6. GRANT GEISSMAN – “SAY THAT!” (FACT Version)
7. GREG ADAMS – “FIVE TO ELEVEN”
8. PETER WHITE – “BOULEVARD”
9. BILL CANTOS – “LOVE WINS”
10. BLAKE AARON – “BUMPIN’ ON THE WEST SIDE”
11. GREG VAIL – “GOT IT GOIN’”
12. DAVID PACK– “UNTIL THE TIME” (Exclusive Track)

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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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A Conversation with Richard Smith

During his European tour I met Richard Smith in Apeldoorn, Netherlands in a jazz café. The environment was vivid and noisy as usual. Nevertheless we had a good conversation in relaxed atmosphere.

hbh: First of all I thank you for the opportunity to interview you and that you give me some of your precious time.

RS: It’s my pleasure, it’s my pleasure.

hbh: You are touring now in Netherlands.

RS: Yes.

hbh: Can you tell me something about your gigs here in Netherlands?

RS: We do a combination of larger venues, last night we played in a big square in a town with several hundred people and then we do little venues like this in between where we work out new material. It’s not so much pressure like in a big hall to work through musical ideas. And so we experiment a lot. But also playing in such small jazz clubs is part of the jazz tradition. So I enjoy playing in places as this as well as in big halls. I’m also doing some teaching at the Pop academy. I’m coming from a conservatory in the past. So I combine teaching and playing and working new material. I also write a lot, compose a lot rather here on the road. It’s a big combination of things.

Mainly we are playing theatres or festivals. In England we are playing in the performing art center in Kent, the performing art center is very very beautiful as well as the institute of contemporary music performance I have a relationship with. So a busy tour. When I am done with this tour I’ll go back to Sicily and I’ll finish recording an album with a very fine guitarist Francesco Buzzurro and that’s more about it.

We do Flamenco, Tango, Tarantella. We do a Samba, Bossa Novas, anything what’s ethnic we do. Polca. It’s hard to play Polca as well.

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The L.A. Chillharmonic – L.A. Chillharmonic

Education plays a central role in the busy life of Professor Richard Smith. Settled in the L.A. jazz scene Richard played with Dan Siegel, Kenny G, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun and many more. His first album Inglewood was followed by nine further solo albums.

His newest project is called L.A. Chillharmonic assembling the contemporary jazz star alliance of Brian Bromberg (bass), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), Alex Acuna (percussion), Jeff Lorber (keyboards), Patrice Rushen and Greg Karukas (pianos), Greg Adams (trumpet), Gary Meek, Michael Paulo, and Eric Marienthal (sax).

“It’s something that represents the best and brightest in my geographic area,” says Richard Smith. “Most major cities have a philharmonic orchestra in the classical idiom, and some cities have municipal jazz bands, but no city has something that represents a major musical genre like instrumental jazz/funk/pop/R&B. And with this project I just wanted to represent and celebrate the unique musical signature as Los Angeles players, writers and arrangers.”

The first album of this all-star group was released on Aug 26, 2008 and as Richard confirmed it will not be the last one. The album starts with L.A. Chillharmonic, the new anthem of the west coast. While Richard Smith\’s guitar is the melody leader his fellow-musicians deliver brilliant contributions on their instruments.

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