Logan Richardson

Alto Sax

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New York City based saxophonist and composer Logan C. Richardson is a fresh new voice on the alto saxophone. His full, broad sound, wide intervallic leaps, along side of a dense harmonic approach are just the beginning of a description of Logan's unique sound. Logan's compositions encompass a whirlwind of different sounds and textures, pulling from various styles traditional and modern.

Logan Corea Richardson was born July 29, 1980 in Kansas City, MO. He began formal training at the age of twelve on the flute. At the age of fourteen Logan began playing the alto saxophone studying classical, and improvised (jazz) music. It was only a couple of years before Logan began playing his horn professionally around Kansas City, and became involved in such projects like being the featured soloist with the Kansas City Symphony at the age of Sixteen.

He was fortunate to learn from jazz greats thru the Kansas City Jazz Institute. Greats such as: Max Roach, Richard Davis, Ahmad Alaadeen, Shirley Scott, Kenny Burrell, Clark Terry, Frank Foster, Huston Person, Jimmy Owens, T.S. Monk, Terry Lynn Carrington, and Bobby Watson. Logan, also while attending Jazz at Aspen he got to learn from Christian McBride, Bobby Hutcherson, Lewis Nash, Ray Brown, Diane Reeves, Russell Malone, Sir Roland Hanna, Nneena Freelon, Renee Rosnes, and Victor Wooten.

In addition Logan has attended Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA), as well as The New School University (NY, NY). He has studied privately with the likes of Billy Pierce, Mark Turner, Steve Wilson, Greg Osby, Billy Hart, Vincent Herring, Carl Allen, Joe Chambers, George Garzone, Nasheet Waits, Greg Tardy, Gary Bartz, and Rachel Z.

Logan has had the opportunity to work professionally with Joe Chambers, Stefon Harris, Carl Allen, Mulgrew Miller, Vic Juris, Greg Tardy, Mark Turner, Nasheet Waits, Josh Roseman, George Garzone, Kevin Mahogany, Arthur Blythe, Marc Cary, Terryon Gully, Myron Walden, Cyrus Chestnut, Chris Cheek, Javon Jackson, World Saxophone Quartet, Eric McPherson, Bobby Watson, and James Carter. In January of 2005 Greg Osby presented Logan and his band as a part of the Greg Osby presents series at the jazz standard. Osby presented Logan as an impressive new saxophone voice.

Since, Logan has recorded,and released his debut album as a leader on Fresh Sound Records-New Talent(2007).He is recieving extremely complimentary praises for his debut attempt.

"Logan Richardson's saxophone playing is incisive, multi-dimensional and remarkably flexible, wrapping and twisting phrases into unexpected origami shapes. In his debut release, Richardson leads a roiling quintet through 10 challenging originals, his convoluted alto and soprano arcing out over choppy waters and then plunging headlong, to stab at Mike Pinto's shimmering vibraphone or entwine Matthew Brewer's pulsing bass. Two dynamic drummers, Nasheet Waits and Thomas Crane, anchor five tracks apiece, while guitarist Mike Moreno prowls darkly around the edges."

-Forrest Dylan Bryant-(Jazz Times-June'07)

" The label Fresh Sound New Talent is aptly named in regard to the young alto saxophonist it introduces on this recording. Logan Richardson has a fresh sound, accommodating enough to please the adventurous but not so out it can't be enjoyed by general jazz listeners who want to explore new territory. Despite its brainy title, Cerebral Flow is about more than conceptual ideas or even technical virtuosity. Richardson's intriguing compositions and playing convey emotionor maybe it's that they provoke feeling in the listener."

-Laurel Gross-(All About Jazz-NY)

"Saxophonist Logan Richardson's debut album Cerebral Flow eschews the derivative character and high gloss aesthetic of recordings by so many other players of his age, and offers music that is fresh, human and uninhibited." -Mark F. Turner-(All About Jazz-NY)

"Logan Richardson's music is a breath of fresh air. The young saxophonist composes and improvises with an undeniable spirit of musical renewal. The music on Cerebral Flow, Richardson's debut as a leader, is bold, sophisticated, and uncompromising. The disc portrays a forward thinking, optimistic, vision of a musical world wrought with open ended challenges."-John Barron-(JazzReview.com)

Logan also has recorded along side of jazz drummer legend Joe Chambers on his album, The Outlaw,(2006)Savant Records. Logan, also just recorded along side of critically acclaimed tenor saxophonist Greg Tardy on his most recent album,"Steps Of Faith",(2007)Steeplechase Records.

Logan, also is involved with other bands like- Nasheet Waits "Equality"w/ Jason Moran,and Tarus Mateen. Joe Chambers "The Outlaw Band", Stefon Harris "Black Out Band".

Currently Logan is leading his band at various venues in and around New York City, as well as out of the city. Combining education in giving music clinics to a range from elementary level students to graduate studies students.

Weblinks:

www.loganrichardson.com