Local Bin 

click to enlarge richardson100x.jpg

Rex Richardson, "Jazz Upstairs: Live at the Bar-Guru-Bar" (Summit Records)

Trumpeter Rex Richardson is a Richmond resident, but he seems to live in the air, flying to a dizzying array of venues around the world. He has the rare gift of being equally adept at interpreting bracing modern classical compositions with microtonal precision and cutting loose with jazz improvisations of freewheeling, slurred brilliance.

While his last CD, "Masks," focused on composed works of polished elegance, "Jazz Upstairs" is an after-hours, loosened-tie affair. The CD was recorded with excellent sidemen at one of Athens' most exotic nightspots — a floor-by-floor layer cake of Thai restaurant, pillow lounge, bar, electric music club and jazz club.

Despite the exotic location, the music is deceptively straightforward, the underlying complexities and unconventional time signatures folded into appealingly melodic settings. A prime example is Richardson's "The Tao of Heavy D," which was a highlight of one of the trumpeter's recitals at Virginia Commonwealth University. It's a great song anywhere, but in Richmond you could hear it for free. A musician, however honored, is without profits in his hometown. — Peter McElhinney

  • Click here for more Arts & Culture
  • Tags:


    Subscribe to this thread:

    Add a comment

  • Re: Interview: Gregory Allman

    • To Whom it may concern!!! I am Alhaji Ali and i welcome you all to…

    • on April 23, 2017
  • Re: Native American Singer Vanessa Bolin Shares Her Standing Rock Song

    • Vanessa, I'm so glad your back and safe.

    • on April 22, 2017
  • Re: Local Bowie Tribute Group Playing Free Show Tonight

    • Hello everyone here I am ASHLEY WALTERS from JAMAICA but base in the united state…

    • on April 22, 2017
  • More »
  • Latest in Music

    Copyright © 2017 Style Weekly
    Richmond's alternative for news, arts, culture and opinion
    All rights reserved
    Powered by Foundation