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What 4

by Rick Bishop

Melodic, angular, smooth and tasty.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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1. The Love In Her Eyes
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2. Orbeth
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3. Carpe Diem
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4. Said and Done
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5. Nuff Said
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6. Portrait of Bette
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7. Tony Bologna
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8. Closets
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9. Jeans Dream
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10. Wills Apple
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11. For Jakes Sake
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12. Improv
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
You know you’re probably on the right artistic path when your music professor joins your band.
After spending his teenage years gigging in rock bands in the Boston area , later in New England
playing with bands of every genre as sideman, fronting for name acts, (and celebrating his birthday
by opening for Stevie Ray Vaughn), bassist Rick Bishop got caught up in the thriving jazz scene. He
explored the clubs and met some jazz musicians from the University of Maine’s music program who
convinced him to play for their professor. After one lively and free-flowing jam session, the professor
not only offered Bishop a scholarship, he joined what later became the Rick Bishop Jazz Quartet.
Most of the clubs have closed, and the jazz scene is not what it used to be, but the Rick Bishop Jazz
Quartet still plays local colleges and auditoriums. And Rick himself has released What 4, a funky,
flowing, suave and sophisticated collection of jazz compositions that have earned raves from
JazzRadio247, Indie-Music.com, and JazzReview.com, not to mention many music fans who thought
they just didn’t get jazz.
The accessibility of the sound is due in part to the wide range of musical influences Rick mixes in.
But there’s also the allure of romance. The vibe of What 4 conjures up cappuccino cafes, after-
dinner cigars and brandy, Sinatra and film noir. But if you ask Rick, it’s the playful nature of jazz that
lures them in every time.
“What’s so beautiful about jazz, especially for me as a bass player,” he explains, “is that every note I’
m playing, I’m inventing. I can improvise the bass lines and solos. I’m free to create. Jazz is so
spontaneous and creative. No song is ever played the same way twice.”
While Rick may revel in the free-spirited nature of jazz, he is still a bit of a perfectionist when it
comes to his recordings. (He admits he once spent twelve hours working with a percussionist on one
song.) He also brings his artistic profession into the real world

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JazzGuy- Jazz 247

Destined to be a classic!
JAZZ 247
Jazz Guy


Well, it's been a while since I've had the chance to update the site with new articles or
features. Mind you, we've always kept the site fresh with new music. But not with articles or
stories.

Going to make more time to keep the content fresh and to start with, I'm introducing a new
feature on our site. We have a lot of music submitted to our station from independent artists
for airplay. And almost always we play their music. Few cases where the music was not
according to our format, we have not played the submission.

This week I feature one of the most refreshing and exciting submissions in a while. I'm talking
about the music of Rick Bishop..The bass player's latest album is destined to be a classic. I
only wish "The Love in Her Eyes" was longer.. It is really a work of art. The mixture of the
guitar, bass, and sax ( I think it is a clarinet, but the credits don't say it) is truly a musical
feast. Check his site out at: RickBishop.net


Link to Jazz247 review
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Ave Vinick

Always a little challenging, but eminently listenable jazz!
I love the tasty melodic lines, interesting arrangements and occasional challenges presented by quirky time signatures and tempos shifts. Bishop has put together some terrific music and musicians.
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All About Jazz

Killer riffing provides knock out punch!
All About Jazz


April 2006
Posted: 2006-04-06 | This article has been read 517 times.


By Glenn Astarita



Rick Bishop
What 4
Rick Bishop
2006

New England bassist Rick Bishop uses his chops to accompany divergent jazz
styles on this independent release featuring a cast of regional musicians and
students. His electric bass playing recalls the work of Michael Manring and Jaco
Pastorius. On this collection of boogie-based swing grooves, traditional jazz
workouts and a few pieces dappled with adroit unison runs, Bishop is the primary
soloist. The musicians navigate through a few thorny time signatures, although
some of the soloing endeavors by other members of the band are somewhat
prosaic in scope and execution. Bishop’s extended workout during the finale,
“Improv”—where he ingeniously renders a multitude of motifs, complete with
complex harmonics and killer riffing—provides the knockout punch.
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indie-music magazine

A pretty hot date on a cold Jannuary evening.
Reviews: Rick Bishop ~ What 4
Posted on Saturday, January 07, 2006 @ 10:27:41 EST
Topic: Reviews

Artist: Rick Bishop

CD: What 4

Home: Waterville, Maine

Style: Jazz

Quote: "I’m snapping my fingers like Sinatra and wishing I had a cigar to smoke and a glass of brandy to swirl."



By Jennifer Layton

What I love most about Rick Bishop’s approach to jazz composition is that he makes the genre perfectly accessible to jazz-impaired people like me. These instrumental pieces are expansive and daring, snatching me from the shore where I’m hesitantly dipping my toes in the musical waves. Next thing I know, I’m snapping my fingers like Sinatra and wishing I had a cigar to smoke and a glass of brandy to swirl.

I’m also hit with a few surprises. While most of these pieces are lush, elegant, and sophisticated, Bishop slips playfully into 50s rock with “Said and Done,” a song Elvis would have immediately taught himself to play. I also get the funky, bass-driven “Closets.” (Bishop happens to be a bass player).

The instruments sing with passion. The guitar on “Carpe Diem” sounds like a vocalist, its voice earnest and enunciating. In song after song, the low notes stride smoothly, the high notes dance lightly. Tracks like “Orbeth” and “’Nuff Said” have a big band feel. I love the live track, “Tony Bologna,” with the frequent applause adding to the warm energy.

This is not a CD where one track sounds like the next. Bishop loves his music too much for that. He likes to dart around, pause for mournful interludes, get jaunty with the percussion, then switch gears and put you in a Manhattan cafe sipping cappuccino. His music is a tuxedo with black sneakers. Makes for a pretty hot date on a cold January evening.

http://rickbishop.net
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Jazz Review- Veronica Timpanelli


Featured Artist: Rick Bishop

CD Title: What 4

Year: 2005

Record Label: P.E.P Records

Style: Straight-Ahead / Classic

Review:
An associate at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, composer Rick Bishop plays fretted, fretless and 12 string bass, as well as guitar on this collection. This is his second release – his first released way back in 1995.

Bishop sports many different hats on this recording; from swing, to blues, to post-bop to traditional, and does so with straightforward openness, but also with a lighthearted sense of wonder and imaginative adventure. The sound is simple and soft for the most part, which reveals the intrinsic emotion and candor within his bass and guitar playing. On “Improv” he embarks on a floating, sailing wave of exploration that gently meanders along as it travels wispy, winding paths.

There are some stellar solos throughout, also. Track one, “The Love in Her Eyes,” features a shrill and thrilling horn solo. “Closets” starts nervously, then stops short, becomes a bit pensive, and then jerks forward with a sense of surging importance and substance. Bishop offers quite a unique and captivating musical perspective, here. “Wills Apple” is thoroughly charged with piano and “For Jake’s Sake” contains a few exceptional drum solos.

I’d like to hear more from Bishop and hope his next release is far less than a decade away.


Tracks: The Love in Her Eyes, Orbeth, Carpe Diem, Said and Done, ‘Nuff Said, Portrait of Bette, Tony Bologna, Closets, Jeans Dream, Wills Apple, For Jake’s Sake, Improv

Record Label Website: http://rickbishop.net

Reviewed by: Veronica Timpanelli
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Indie-Music.com

His music is a tuxedo with black sneakers.
What I love most about Rick Bishop’s approach to jazz composition is that he makes the genre perfectly accessible to jazz-impaired people like me. These instrumental pieces are expansive and daring, snatching me from the shore where I’m hesitantly dipping my toes in the musical waves. Next thing I know, I’m snapping my fingers like Sinatra and wishing I had a cigar to smoke and a glass of brandy to swirl.

I’m also hit with a few surprises. While most of these pieces are lush, elegant, and sophisticated, Bishop slips playfully into 50s rock with “Said and Done,” a song Elvis would have immediately taught himself to play. I also get the funky, bass-driven “Closets.” (Bishop happens to be a bass player).

The instruments sing with passion. The guitar on “Carpe Diem” sounds like a vocalist, its voice earnest and enunciating. In song after song, the low notes stride smoothly, the high notes dance lightly. Tracks like “Orbeth” and “’Nuff Said” have a big band feel. I love the live track, “Tony Bologna,” with the frequent applause adding to the warm energy.

This is not a CD where one track blends into the next. Bishop loves his music too much for that. He likes to dart around, pause for mournful interludes, get jaunty with the percussion, then switch gears and put you in a Manhattan cafe sipping cappuccino. His music is a tuxedo with black sneakers. Makes for a pretty hot date on a cold January evening.
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Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

CD Review by Lucky Clark- Rick Bishop Offers Topnotch Jazz CD
More than 10 years ago I brought a new album by an old favorite to your attention when I interviewed Rick Bishop about his then new release, "From The Inside." It's with great pleasure that I bring his latest CD, "What 4," into the spotlight.
This jazz album is a liberal helping of various styles presented in an accessible way with Bishop's tasteful, tasty
bass augmented with guitar (Tom Hoffman, Steve Blum, Larry Vigneault, Bishop),sax (Marshall DeMott, Will Bartlett, Chris White), piano Terry Eisen, Chris Houston)and drums (Tim Osborne, Peter Runnels, Bob Bilideau, Tim Gaynes).
It's that rich variety of sounds and styles that keeps the 12 tracks interesting and exciting- I love it when you don't know what is going to come out of your speakers next. In my humble opinion, that's what makes a great album, and it also shows the depth of Bishop's talent and compositional poise. From a swinging live track("Tony Bologna") to a delightful introspection (Jean's Dream') to the haunting epic closing track ("Improv"),this album definitely deserves an in-depth listening- especially if you enjoy challenging, yet entertaining jazz.
Now hopefully, we won't have to wait another 10 years for the next installment from this soft-spoken musician.
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