Logan Richardson's Blue Note Debut "Shift"
On February 26, Blue Note Records will release Shift, the assured label debut from saxophonist and composer Logan Richardson. For the momentous occasion Richardson assembled an impressive band of musical visionaries including guitarist Pat Metheny, pianist Jason Moran, bassist Harish Raghavan, and drummer Nasheet Waits.
Shift is available for pre-order now on CD or digital download. Fans who pre-order the download will immediately receive the lead track "Mind Free, " which is also available today as a single on streaming services. Born in Kansas City but currently based in Paris, Richardson emerges as an important new voice in improvised music on Shift. The album is a set of 10 affecting Richardson original tunes and one unexpected Bruno Mars cover song ("Locked Out Of Heaven") that finds the quintet coalescing into a sympatico unit that demonstrates a deep showing of love, respect, and comradery.
Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Logan Richardson hails from a city with a rich historical lineage of improvised music. By the age of 16 Richardson had begun performing professionally, and at 19 he left for Boston to attend the Berklee School of Music, followed by a move to New York City to attend the New School University. In NYC Richardson began performing, recording, and touring internationally with artists including Joe Chambers, Billy Hart, Butch Morris, Greg Osby, Stefon Harris and Jason Moran. Richardson has released two prior albums as a leader - 2007's Cerebral Flow (Fresh Sound, New Talent) and 2008's Ethos (Inner Circle Music) - and was part of NEXT Collective which released the album Cover Art (Concord Jazz) in 2013.
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