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Sugar Shack

by Rick Gallagher

Organic, acoustic, lyrical jazz and groove delivered by a swinging piano trio. "Sugar Shack" features a latin cover of the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" and an urban half-time funk version of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by 80's pop band Tears for Fears
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sugar Shack
6:07 $0.99
2. Eleanor Rigby
6:20 $0.99
3. Emma
6:55 $0.99
4. Cade's Lullaby
7:27 $0.99
5. When Morning Comes
7:14 $0.99
6. Prayer
5:35 $0.99
7. Everybody Wants to Rule the World
6:57 $0.99
8. Everything About Her
7:54 $0.99
9. Thick and Skinny
4:59 $0.99
10. One Juicy Apple
5:48 $0.99
11. Homecoming
4:57 $0.99
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Album Notes
Jazz pianist Rick Gallagher has been a part of the Pittsburgh music scene since the late 1980's. Over the years Rick has done solo and group work in a wide range of contemporary styles but has found a voice as a player and composer in classic jazz. He has worked with many of the area's top performers and bands as well as solo piano work at diverse venues such as the historic Grand Concourse; the Gandy Dancer Saloon piano bar; and the PPG Holiday Series. Regularly Rick can be seen with small groups at Palomino and Pines Tavern, the Orchard Hill Church worship team, and the Boilermaker Jazz Band, as well as his long-standing spotlight as the pianist with the US Steel Tower and One Oxford Center downtown. Gallagher is noteworthy for his classic jazz style, creative arrangements, and his memorable originals.

Rick has five recordings as a feature artist and has played on a number of other CD’s as a sideman. His recordings have been played on hundreds of radio stations across the United States, and Canada including nationally syndicated jazz shows like “Jazz After Hours.” They all include Rick’s rich harmonic concepts, lyrical melodic ideas, creative arrangements and soulful organic sound.

A Pittsburgh native and father of four, Gallagher received a Bachelor of Music at Duquesne University where he studied under the mentorship of David Budway. His influences include Herbie Hancock, Horace Silver, Red Garland, Vince Guaraldi, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Benny Green, Ray Brown, Wynton Kelly, Cyrus Chestnut and George Shearing. He currently balances his performances with teaching, arranging, composing and recording. Rick is available for studio work, jazz festivals, concerts, church performances, and other private and public events.

Credits include:

Jazz Christmas, iTunes Essentials (2007) - Various Artists
Coldwater Creek: Home for the Holidays Volume One (2004)
Coldwater Creek: Home for the Holidays Volume Four (2007)
Divine Unrest (2007) - Tamarack Road Productions

-About "Sugar Shack"-

Rick's fifth recording, Sugar Shack is full of organic swing, latin, groove, and romantic ballads showcasing his lyrical writing, arranging and tasteful sound. Innovative reharmonized covers include a latin version of "Eleanor Rigby" by the Beatles and an urban half-time funk version of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by 80's pop-band Tears for Fears. Gallagher's originals are soulful, personal, reflective and include two heartfelt tracks written for his children. Rick is complemented once again by bassist Paul Thompson, drummer Thomas Wendt, and percussionist George Jones.



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John Barron

Inventive, fundamentally joyous and swinging!
Jazz musicians often struggle with the notion of attracting a wide audience without having to sacrifice their creative vision. Pittsburgh pianist Rick Gallagher seems to have figured out a way to produce original jazz with an accessible appeal that maintains artistic integrity. Sugar Shack, Gallagher’s fifth solo release, is an inventive, swinging piano trio collection featuring bassist Paul Thompson and drummer Thomas Wendt. Percussionist George Jones joins in on a couple of tracks.
Gallagher is a confident pianist with the perfect blend of technique and finesse. With a mature approach to soloing, he develops his ideas with persistent clarity, emphasizing feeling over flash.

Gallagher’s compositions traverse a variety of stylistic samplings. Through ballads, Latin grooves and swingers, the focus is on strong melodic content. The Oscar Peterson-influenced “One Juicy Apple” and the cascading ballad “Everything About Her” stand out as exceptional.

Cover versions of Lennon and McCartney’s “Eleanor Rigby” and 1980s pop anthem “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” by Tears for Fears, are creatively restructured, blending in nicely to the disc’s overall flow.

Gallagher’s trio mates display adept professionalism, adapting effortlessly to the disc’s stylistic twists and turns. With ample solo space, Thompson demonstrates a lyrical, buoyant bass style, most notably on the lush ballad “Cade’s Lullaby.” Wendt is a rock-solid drummer who knows how to listen effectively. His crisp cymbal work on “Prayer,” a lively waltz, is at once supportive and enticing. Jones adds a funky dose of percussion to “When Morning Comes,” a soulful bossa-nova, and “Thick & Skinny,” a greasy boogaloo.

As multi-layered as the music on Sugar Shack is, each piece exhibits a common thread of collaborative spirit, void of pretense. Gallagher and company are quite content at performing high quality jazz that is fundamentally joyous and swinging.

By John Barron, All About Jazz

Chuck Vitello

Definitely for someone looking for a fresh spin on Jazz!
I own all of Rick's CD's, and each release offers fresh spins on old favorites as well as fantastic originals. "Sugar Shack" is no exception! My favorite is the revival of the 1980's "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" in an original jazz composition. (I loved the '80's). This CD further validates Rick's talent as a true musical artist. Yet another CD from Rick that will not disappoint! I wouldn't be surprised if Rick soon becomes a national Jazz icon!

Bob Karlovitz

Pittsburgh Tribune Review - Sept. 2007
"Sugar Shack" is the product of Pittsburgh-area jazzers -- pianist Rick Gallagher, bassist Paul Thompson, drummer Tom Wendt and percussionist George Jones on two tracks. The pianist wrote nine of the 11 songs, and gives great freshness to the two he didn't: "Eleanor Rigby" and "Everybody Wants to Rule the World." The originals are as striking as his playing, ranging from the lovely "Cade's Lullaby" to the soulful "Thick & Skinny."

C. Karg

I have all of Rick Gallagher’s CD’s. His music has traditional Jazz integrity but possesses a hint of crossover appeal. Sugar Shack is another incredible piece of work. You will have an Audio “Double-Take” when you hear his version of \"Eleanor Rigby” and \"Everybody Wants to Rule the World\" His original are strong and haunting. The music and the musicians are world class.