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Richie Prepares for Mulgrew Miller Tribute CD with GoFundMe Campaign
Great news! Richie is back in the studio working on his next CD, a tribute to his friend and mentor, Mulgrew Miller. Richie played with Mulgrew for 9 years and he’s putting his signature funk on some of Mulgrew’s tunes. Go to his GoFundMe campaign to learn more about this project and how you can help. Thanks so much for your support.
Gail Boyd Artist Management Welcomes New Client Richie Goods
I am pleased to announce Richie Goods as a new addition to my roster. Richie is a stellar talent, and we couldn’t be happier to be working with him. Richie will be recording new albums this year.
Richie’s solo project with his fusion/funk band, “Richie Goods and Nuclear Fusion, Live at the Zinc Bar” and his latest release, “Three Rivers” received critical acclaim. After graduating from the prestigious jazz program at Berklee College of Music, Richie moved to New York City, where he studied under jazz legends Ron Carter and Ray Brown. Richie credits jazz luminary Mulgrew Miller for helping him hone his jazz skills early in his career. Richie toured and recorded with Mulgrew for nine years. Richie recorded and toured with a variety of jazz and popular artists such as: Lenny White, Russell Malone, DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Grammy award-winning and platinum albums of Alicia Keys and Common. Richie most recently toured with Grammy winning trumpeter, Chris Botti.
— Gail Boyd
Veteran New York doubler and Chris Botti Band mainstay Richie Goods taps into the power of ’70s jazz-rock and his Pittsburgh roots for his spirited debut studio album. “Soul Glow” sets the plucky parameters with a metal–funk merge, followed by the unison-riffing title track. “Four Kings” (featuring Botti) and a well-chosen cover of the Bill Withers ballad “Hope She’ll Be Happier” up the melodic quotient, while Tears For Fears’ “Shout”—radically recast as a boogie burner—and the dark, exploratory “Epic” also stand out. An added plus: the fierce drumming of Billy Kilson throughout.
— George W. Harris, BassPlayer Magazine
The Hippo Press
Richie Goods is a Pittsburgh Jazz Hall of Fame bass player whose tour credits include Whitney Houston and Christina Aguilera, this after studying under legendary Blue Note guy Ron Carter in New York. The line on his original stuff would have you expecting mellower fusion a la Spyro Gyra, but what I heard here — save for funked-up ballad appearances from singers Shayna Steele and Sy Smith (“Sightless Bird”; “Hope She’ll Be Happier”) — was a modernized Return to Forever, not so modernized if you consider the outright hard rock workouts in the title track.
The opener “Soul Glow” has a suspended-animation riff that proves he can restrain himself from going all-out Pelican-metal, but the desire is there, telling from every plonk of his Rickenbacker as well as the volatile sounds of guitarist Ben Butler, a real treasure who punches up every guitar sound from Al di Meloa to Blue Oyster Cult on that one track alone. Not that this is a repressed metal thing, no — “Cosmic Beauty” comes off like Relayer-era Yes, and there’s a wildly complicated version of Tears for Fears’ “Shout” that makes for a great knuckler. A-
— Eric W. Saeger, The Hippo Press
All About Jazz
“…there are still only a few musicians doing all-original “old school” high energy jazz-rock fusion. Bassist and composer Richie Goods is one of these brave souls. His latest album, Three Rivers—with a superb band he’s dubbed Nuclear Fusion in tow—is a generous slab of in-your-face funky jazz-rock that takes you back to the mid-1970s in the best possible way. The title track is a great example. It’s got a tricky odd time signature, crunchy rock drumming, weird keyboard sounds, a throbbing bass line, and a stinging, fuzzed-out guitar solo.
Goods does more than write the tunes and maintain a funky bottom end. He plays a lot of finger-popping, thumb-slapping lead bass in the style of Stanley Clarke and Gerald Veasley and his solos are consistently engaging and interesting. Not one to leave any stylistic stone unturned, Three Rivers also features four brief pieces featuring Goods’ acoustic bass work. One of these is a lovely cover version of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” His band is sharp and on-the-money. Guitarist Ben Butler and keyboardist Andy Ezrin, both previously unknown to me, have chops to burn and a firm grasp of the demands of Goods’ eclectic jazz-rock-funk style. I last heard drumming dynamo Billy Kilson in Tim Hagans’ Animation Imagination and David Holland’s quintet. Since then, he’s been leading his own group, BK Groove, and working with Robin Eubanks, Chris Botti, and Paula Cole.
Botti guests on one track here, “Four Kings,” a funky slow-burn that suits his Miles Davis-influenced trumpet style quite nicely. “Mudd Funk” more than lives up to its name, with Goods’ lead bass sharing the melody with organist Sheldrick Mitchell as the famed hip-hop drummer (and occasional Snarky Puppy member) Lil’ John Roberts provides a strutting backbeat. R&B influences crop up on the tracks featuring vocalists Sy Smith and Shayna Steele. “Sightless Bird,” and “Hope She’ll Be Happier” are tender ballads. Both have that Gospel touch, yet the performances of Smith and Steele are refreshingly restrained and soulful. “Epic” couldn’t be more different; a heavy, complex jazz-rock piece featuring Kilson’s crackling drums and Andy Ezrin’s mellow Rhodes, Carolyn Leonhart’s wordless vocal is used as a melodic lead in unison with Goods’ bass. The band’s version of “Shout” by Tears for Fears is completely off the wall. Played as a samba in double time, the band takes the piece into some completely unexpected places.
— David Wayne, All About Jazz