Refractions

Refractions

by Kim Richmond
     
 
Los Angeles saxophonist Kim Richmond's album Refractions involves a full orchestra of players and that was done for the orchestral effect rather than the big band idiom you would usually expect. Richmond likes to blend concepts from the classical realm with those from the jazz realm, and full classical orchestration is one part of

Overview

Los Angeles saxophonist Kim Richmond's album Refractions involves a full orchestra of players and that was done for the orchestral effect rather than the big band idiom you would usually expect. Richmond likes to blend concepts from the classical realm with those from the jazz realm, and full classical orchestration is one part of that. The main thrust of this idea is to provide for a deeper, more cinematic sound that is capable of conveying the broader emotional abilities of classical music while hopefully holding on to the rhythm and swing of jazz. The effect, at times, is perhaps underused, as only a handful of players may be taking the spotlight at a given time, but even in these portions the rest of the large ensemble is poised to step back in with a large-scale orchestra hit. The main feature that takes the listener's interest is going to be the instrumentation. In between more standard jazz motives, a line of flutists or French horns can slide in with their distinctive sounds, or the percussionist might switch over to the tympanist for a spell to drive home a finale to its fullest potential. There are aspects of cool jazz and fusion inherent in the sounds, with a thick dose of the cinematic jazz of the '70s, but there is always that touch of third stream that makes the catches. The compositions and arrangements work well for the group (aside from a primarily smooth jazz rendition of "America the Beautiful" that seems a bit trite), taking in ideas from around the jazz world before they are done and leaving a proper slot for each performer to drop in a nice solo or two. For cinematic jazz scoring, this album is a standout in an otherwise sparse field.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/2003
Label:
Origin Records
UPC:
0805558241321
catalogNumber:
82413
Rank:
242818

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kim Richmond   Primary Artist,Conductor,Leader,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Bob Florence   Piano
Bruce Fowler   Trombone
Brad Dutz   Percussion,Hand Percussion
Tom Hynes   Guitar
Clay Jenkins   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Joey Sellers   Trombone
Glenn Berger   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Bob Carr   Bassoon,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Jon "JD" Dickson   French Horn
Jeff Driskill   Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Rich Eames   Piano
Trey Henry   Bass
Ron King   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
George McMullen   Trombone
Ralph Razze   Drums
Morris Repass   Bass Trombone
Ken Wild   Bass
John Yoakum   Clarinet,Flute,English Horn,Tenor Saxophone
Jean Marinelli   French Horn
Steve Huffsteter   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Bill Tole   Trombone
Dave Johnson   Chimes,Timpani,Vibes,Orchestra Bells
David Johnson   Percussion,Vibes
Michael McGuffey   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Phil Loredo   French Horn
Phillip D. Feather   Flute,Oboe,Alto Saxophone
Paul Loredo   French Horn
Bill Roper   Tuba,Vocals

Technical Credits

Michel Legrand   Composer
Kim Richmond   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Mike Crotty   Arranger
Victor Young   Composer
Samuel A. Ward   Composer
Bob Nolan   Composer
Rich Breen   Engineer
Chris Zambon   Cover Art
Katherine Lee Bates   Composer
Billy Frenzel   Booth Assistant

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