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Jeff Richman’s professional background spans over 35 years, his extensive knowledge and experience stems from composing original pieces, touring/performing on guitar, arranging, recording music in various genres, in addition to teaching in various academic settings of note. Richman’s catalog has produced 15 solo albums which all were toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Internationally.

As a student at Berklee College of Music, Richman studied privately with Pat Metheny, Mick Goodrick and William Levitt and was influenced by my many talented classmates: Mike Stern, Bill Frisell, Al Di Meola and Vinnie Colaiuta were among the vast list coming out of Berklee at that time.

After graduating, he lived and performed in New York City, the greatest teacher of all, it was here that his own influences began to form, attending performances by renowned legends Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Charlie Mingus, Ornette Coleman, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Charlie Haden, Joe Zawinul, Wayne
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JEFF RICHMAN Discography

JEFF RICHMAN albums / top albums

JEFF RICHMAN Bamboo Man (aka Himalaya) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bamboo Man (aka Himalaya)
Fusion 1985
JEFF RICHMAN People Like Us album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
People Like Us
Fusion 1989
JEFF RICHMAN Fingerpaints album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fusion 1989
JEFF RICHMAN The Way In album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Way In
Fusion 1991
JEFF RICHMAN The Blue Heart album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Blue Heart
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1994
JEFF RICHMAN Last Arrival album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Last Arrival
Fusion 1995
JEFF RICHMAN Sand Dance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sand Dance
Fusion 1998
JEFF RICHMAN Apache album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1999
JEFF RICHMAN Chatterbox album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fusion 2003
JEFF RICHMAN One Two album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
One Two
Fusion 2004
JEFF RICHMAN Aqua album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2008
JEFF RICHMAN Like That album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Like That
Fusion 2010
JEFF RICHMAN Aqua [Music Minus Guitar] and Song Charts album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Aqua [Music Minus Guitar] and Song Charts
Jazz Education 2010
JEFF RICHMAN The Line Up album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Line Up
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2011
JEFF RICHMAN Big Wheel album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Big Wheel
Fusion 2013
JEFF RICHMAN Jeff Richman & Wayne Johnson :  The Distance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jeff Richman & Wayne Johnson : The Distance
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2014
JEFF RICHMAN Hotwire album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fusion 2015
JEFF RICHMAN Sizzle album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fusion 2016
JEFF RICHMAN XYZ album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Fusion 2023


JEFF RICHMAN live albums

JEFF RICHMAN Trio Loco (with Jimmy Haslip / Danny Gottlieb) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Trio Loco (with Jimmy Haslip / Danny Gottlieb)
Fusion 2001
JEFF RICHMAN Live at The Baked Potato album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at The Baked Potato
Fusion 2001
JEFF RICHMAN Live At The Baked Potato, Volume Two album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Baked Potato, Volume Two
Fusion 2001

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Album · 2023 · Fusion
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Jeff Richman, a distinguished musician, composer, and producer, has carved a remarkable career as one of the world's foremost fusion guitarists. With an enduring influence from the late, great Jeff Beck, Richman's technical mastery and improvisational genius speak to his deep roots in rock and fusion. His impactful contributions to fusion have set him apart as an innovative trailblazer and advanced the genre, pushing its boundaries to new frontiers. A graduate of the esteemed Berklee School of Music in 1975, Richman's work in music has been steady for nearly half a century as his unique offerings continue to enrich the world of fusion.

"XYZ," Richman's latest album, is a testament to patience, innovation, and the art of collaboration. After several years since his last release, "Sizzle," Richman returns with his eighteenth record as a bandleader, serving up nine original compositions that marry his signature fusion sound with a modern-day swagger. Richman's ensemble is propelled by the talents of rhythm section powerhouses Vinnie Colaiuta and Jimmy Haslip, alongside notable keyboardists George Whitty, Scott Kinsey, Mitchel Forman, Otmaro Ruiz, and trumpet soloist Jeff Beal. This diverse line-up of musicians provides a rich backdrop for Richman's intricate compositions. Expanding upon Richman's established sound, "XYZ" ventures into a new sonic territory, delivering a fresh take on the limitless possibilities of fusion.

The album's title track, "XYZ," overflows with Richman's distinctive guitar-playing style, where his remarkable improvisation skills are prominently displayed. The solo Richman performs is an intricate tapestry that strikes a delicate balance between the sophistication of jazz and the raw energy of rock and blues. Richman's journey through the song's diverse musical landscape is underpinned by the blues' authentic emotion and the adventurous exploration of various jazz chord voicings, scales, and modes. His choice of notes, the intricate bends, and the way he uses the whammy bar all contribute to creating a musical narrative rich in rock's energy and dynamics. The result is Richman's unexpected twists and turns rooted in Richman's innate understanding of the song's underlying chord progressions and his ability to quickly and creatively navigate through them. In addition, his improvisation enhances the composition, making the music feel spontaneous yet coherent, a testament to his fluency in the language of jazz fusion.

"Optamystical," a Richman original, showcases the fusion guitarist's exceptional creativity and originality as he explores an array of musical terrains, cleverly navigating through shifting moods and textures with the steady pulse of Colaiuta and Haslip grounding the groove. What sets Richman's guitar playing apart is his ability to maintain a clear, warm, and lyrical tone, even when manipulating his sound through various effects to match the song's evolving sections. This careful, thoughtful approach to sound design and tone shaping is a testament to Richman's originality and enhances the track's overall appeal, drawing listeners into the intricate details of its construction.

Richman's "XYZ" is a remarkable testament to his enduring musical abilities and innovation in the ever-evolving world of jazz fusion. The album exhibits Richman's command over his instrument, his profound understanding of music theory, and his innate ability to fuse diverse musical elements seamlessly. The diverse talents of the assembled musicians further enrich the album, providing a robust, nuanced canvas for Richman's compositions and improvisations. "XYZ" meets the high standards set by his previous albums, but he also pushes the boundaries of his expression with jazz fusion guitar. It's an offering that undoubtedly expands Richman's legacy, solidifying his position as a leading innovator in the genre and a must-have for all fusion lovers, especially guitarists.

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