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Richard Todd:
Rickter Scale
GO GROOVE coverIf you think of the horn only as the "polite" voice of the orchestra, if you've never considered it as a jazz instrument on par with trumpet or saxophone, if you don't believe that a superb classical musician could ever loosen up and blow a hot solo with the best of them... then you haven't heard Rick Todd.

A renowned concertizing soloist, orchestral player, and one of the busiest studio musicians in Hollywood, Rick is also a familiar face in the jazz clubs of southern California.  His style-hopping fluency and superb technique are redefining the way people think of the French horn, and he is adding a new and singular voice to the sound of jazz.

On Rickter Scale -- his second GM release, Todd is joined by the great west coast rhythm section of pianist Billy Childs, bass player John Clayton, and drummer Ralph Penland for a set ranging from the bebop anthem "Anthropology" to Duke Ellington's "In a Mellotone" to Chick Corea's driving "Got a Match, as well as several original tunes.  Also features is a gorgeous eight-horn arrangement by the late David Rose of his classic ballad "Our Waltz."

(For more Richard Todd and to hear his "classical" side, see his GM debut, New Ideas.)

"This CD displays for us a star among jazz Hornists, exploring the medium to discover an authentic Horn voice. Schuller notes do a fine job of placing Todd in perspective. Schuller says, 'Sit back, relax and enjoy; be stimulated, entertained and challenged, and amazed!' I did, and I was!" 
The Horn Call

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Long out of print, now available for downloads on Amazon

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Richard Todd, hornBilly Childs, pianoJohn Clayton Jr, bass;  
Ralph Penland
, drums
1. Got a Match - Chick Corea 5:04
2. Cipriana - Steve Huffsteter 7:10
3. Rickter Scale - Richard Todd 5:28
4. Our Waltz - David Rose 3:00
5. Melancholia - Steve Huffsteter 8:31
6. Anthropology - Dizzy Gillespie/Charlie Parker 5:23
7. In a Mellotone - Duke Ellington 5:38
8. A Time for Love - Johnny Mandel 8:20
  Recorded Sept. 30 & Oct. 1, 1989 at Mad Hatter Recording Studios in Los Angeles, CA  
Producer: Gunther Schuller
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