RED RICHARDS QUARTET
Red Richards piano and vocal on "Once in a While"
and "Them there Eyes"
George Kelly tenor-saxophone
Carline Ray bass
Clarence "Tootsie" Bean drums
Ounce to the Bounce
Once in a While
I Miss You
Them there Eyes
There Will Never be Another You
Total time: 39.32
One of the many pleasant things about the swing scene is the rediscovery
of the great old men, jazz musicians who troughout their lives not only
perfected their technique but also kept their feeling and their very
own style. One of these personalities is Red Richards, an independent
pianist, well-versed technically without being dominating, a congenial
swinger. That he's a singer, too, one could already find out in John
Chilton's "Who's Who of Jazz", which also lists his birthdate, October
On the first record he was heard on he was as a member Campell "Skeets"
Tolbert. After that he worked as a solo pianist, but quite frequently
with exceptional musicians, too, such as Tab Smith, Bob Wilber and
Sidney Bechet. But it seems that trumpeters appreciated his
accompaniment even more, so we find names like Roy Eldridge, Bobby
Hackett, Jimmy McPartland, Muggsy Spanier, Wild Bill Davison. Europe got
to now him in the early fifties with concerts and records with the Mezz
Mezzrow/Buck Clayton Band. He played the piano for the newly formed
Fletcher Henderson Big Band 1957/58, and toured Europe several times
with his own band, Saints and Sinners, as well as with the Harlem Blues
RED RICHARDS 1912 - 1998 is incredibly underrated as a pianist.
"Unfortunately, his versatility comes to light far too rarely" wrote
Gerhard Conrad about Richards in Der Jazzfreund magazine. All the
better that Richards has now taken the opportunity to demonstrate his
versatility for the third time on the jazzpoint label first as
accompanying pianist to Benny Waters jp 1039, then on his solo CD "My Romance' jazzpoint 1042".
Red Richards and his N.Y. Quartet ' it's like home cooking, just
pure, unadulterated swing. You can find more details about this
band-leader in words and music on his solo CD jp 1042. This CD now has
more than just one pleasant surprise in store. The first one is the lady
on bass, although I refrain from categorizing CARLINE RAY as a
jazz-bassist "which, of course, she is", because the number of famous
bands for which she has plucked the bass or guitar, played the piano or
sung tunes range from Duke and Mercer Ellington to the classical
composers Stravinsky and Bernstein. 'She works with the best and is
respected by all'
(M. Sudhalter: New York Post).
RED RICHARDS erhielt 1994 den "Grand Prix du Disque de Jazz" für die
CD jp 1042 MY ROMANCE der jährlich nur einmal vergeben wird von der "Hot
Club de France Fédération".
Charles "Red" Richards died on Thursday 12th of March 1998 while
GEORGE KELLY, a native of Miami, Florida, started his music
career in 1924. After having studied the piano and saxophone. George
formed his first group "Little George Kelly's Cavaliers" as a teenager.
In 1941, George left Miami and headed to NYC to join Al Cooper's Savoy
Sultans at the fames Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. While with Al's group,
George played backup for many celebrities including Ella Fitzgerald.
George formed his own quintet in the 70's named "George Kelly's Jazz
Sultans". George has recorded with many of the greats: Sarah Vaughn,
Andy Williams, Al Cooper, Tiny Grimes and Panama Francis. In 1950 he
played on a Frank Sinatra television special. George is also widely
known for his work as a composer and arranger and worked for: Cozy Cole
Gene Krupa, Buddy Tate, Sarah Vaughn.
GEORGES KELLY was born in Miami, Florida, on July 31, 1915. He
came to the tenor sax at the age of 13 via the piano and alto saxophone.
In the early thirties he had his own band in New York with Panama
Francis on drums, with whose Savoy Sultans he played from 1941 to 1944.
After that he joined Rex Stewart, and during the fifties and sixties he
played with Cozy Cole, Buddy Tate, Jay McShan and many more, also
touring Europe on several occasions. George Kelly is one of the world's
outstanding swing saxophonists.
CLARENCE 'Tootsie' BEAN comes from the Bermudas. He started his career,
as a drummer, when he was only eight years old, and he was sought after
as an accompanyist while he was still very young. From 1950 on we find
him in New York, where he both studied vibraphone and gained experience
from numerous appearances at blues and jazz festivals. In 1978 he joined
the "Count's Men", the successors to Count Basie's Swing Machine.
GEORGES KELLY was born in Miami, Florida, on July 31, 1915. He came to
the tenor sax at the age of 13 via the piano and alto saxophone. In the
early thirties he had his own band in New York with Panama Francis on
drums, with whose Savoy Sultans he played from 1941 to 1944. After that
he joined Rex Stewart, and during the fifties and sixties he played with
Cozy Cole, Buddy Tate, Jay McShan and many more, also touring Europe on
several occasions. George Kelly is one of the world's outstanding swing
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