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Easy Listening: Lounge Moods: Featuring Saxophone Jazz: Contemporary Jazz Reggae: Smooth Reggae Moods: Type: Instrumental

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UK - England - London Great Britain / UK

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Ian Ritchie

Ian Ritchie has had a long and varied career in music. Originally inspired to play the saxophone from listening to Charlie Parker and John Coltrane, his first band was light years away from jazz. Deaf School were a theater rock band from Liverpool that had a profound influence on the Merseyside music scene for years after their demise. After relocating to London, Ritchie became a popular studio session player. He is featured on recordings by Wham, The Beach Boys, Dee C Lee, Ash, Aswad, Steel Pulse, David Grant and many others. His interest in all things electronic sparked a new phase in his career. His group Miro Miroe were one of the leading lights in the Electro / New Romantic era. This led to extensive programming, arranging and eventually production work. His production credits during this period include "Radio Kaos" - Roger Waters, "Strange Angels" - Laurie Anderson, "Sinful" - Pete Wylie, "Wolf" - Hugh Cornwell ..... the list goes on. Having spent years working on other peoples music, he decided to concentrate his energies on his own compositions. The fruits of his labours in this area include scores for many documentaries including "The Real James Bond Gadgets", "Supertwins" and the Lonely Planet / Globetrekker series plus innumerable TV adverts. With more free time he was able to return to his first love, jazz and refine his tenor and soprano saxophone playing to suit this technically demanding style. The first music to be released featuring Ritchie jazz compostions is "Ian Ritchie's SOHO Project" soon to be followed by "South Of Houston". Recently he has toured the world with Roger Waters playing sax on "Dark Side Of The Moon" and other Pink Floyd favourites to massive audiences. Other bands he is a member of include John Henry Lambert's "Going Away", the Harry Waters Band, the Crown Moran Allstars and various Holly Penfield lineups.