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Along with the Ensemble setting, this first album presents the jazz playing and compositions of the group's leader, Kim Richmond. Raised and schooled in Champaign, Illinois, Kim moved to Los Angeles and has worked virtually every avenue of the music business. Alto saxophonist and woodwind player, his credits include the jazz orchestras of Stan Kenton, Clare Fischer, Bob Florence and Louis Bellson. He has backed up performers such as Mel Tormé, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McCrae, and served as musical director for Helen Reddy, Ann Jillian, Buddy Greco and Johnny Ray.
As a composer, he has written movie and television scores and has a considerable reputation for his many jazz compositions for stage band. He is sought after as a professional clinician and soloist throughout the country. Although his primary jazz voice is the alto saxophone, he is a highly-trained classical clarinetist and one of the first to use the EWI (electronic wind instrument) as a major instrument in jazz.
John Gross, tenor saxophone/flute
Tad Weed, piano
Ken Filiano, bass
Billy Mintz, drums
Producers: Kim Richmond & Vinny Golia
Released on CD by USA Music Group