Life Is for the Living
Rick Richbourg a Jazz Fusion guitarist and composer, is a bona fide Florida native, hailing from Orlando. While others have likened his compositions to 'Pat Metheny meets Mahavishnu' or 'Joe Satriani jams with George Benson' Rick says, 'I just write what I'm hearing these days.' Rick is fusing musical influences from Weather Report to Creed, and views this as the continuing evolution of the Jazz Fusion movement started by Miles. Rick has just released a new CD of all original material titled 'Life is for the Living.' Since he played all the instruments (and did all of the programming), he is now rehearsing a 'new' group composed of former band mates Steve Baker on Bass and Clay Bourgeois on Drums to perform the material 'live.' In addition, Rick is returning to the studio to begin work on a follow-up CD titled 'What you think - you are!' Rick is a graduate of Berklee College of Music with a degree in Composition. In addition to his jazz tunes, he has written pieces for full Orchestra, a piano sonata and works in smaller forms. Like many 'kids' he started with the 'mandated' piano lessons. He quickly switched to drums and played snare drum in the marching band throughout Junior and Senior High School. Guitar became his primary instrument while attempting to 'hear' lessons for his High School music theory classes. At that time 'guitar was way more cool than piano'; Rick said with a wry grin. Rick gigged at night and worked on a garbage truck as a 'litter-getter' to help pay his way through College. Since that time he has performed all over the North America. He has extensive experience as a studio musician, music educator, and guitar instructor. Rick says; 'Life itself provides the most precious and poignant lessons. Hearing those lessons has provided the impetus for my CD 'Life is for the Living!'' Rick's guitar oriented instrumentals are an eclectic integration of 'post Be-Bop Jazz', Hip-Hop grooves and Alternative Rock. A tasty musical gumbo - served up as an alternative to 'Alternative Music'.
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