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Logan Richardson makes a Shift with his new album

Logan Richardson makes a Shift with his new album

Logan Richardson is a outgoing alto saxophonist from Kansas City, Missouri. He gave us a big surprise when he released his new album “Shift”, on February 26, 2016. This is his debut for Blue Note, recruiting what can best be described as band of ringers, thanks to the creativity invested in it.

Richardson is not alone in this project, he “shifts” with the guitarist Pat Metheny, pianist Jason Moran, bassist Harish Raghavan,and Nasheet Waits, drums. This team is the right example how modern jazz should sound like. “Shift” has 11 tracks listing, Mind Free; Creeper; In Your Next Life; Locked Out Of Heaven; Slow; When I Wake (Interlude); Imagine; Alone; In Between; Time and Untitled. Everyone of them has a similar touch, but also different in their own way.
All the compositions are his, except for the unique reworking of pop singer Bruno Mars’s hit “Locked Out Of Heaven” that is very moody. “Mind Free” and “Creeper” are a little bit different then this, there is more harmony and soft tones in them. The song that brings a big surprise is “Slow”, taking things to the limit with the amazing solos. The funky and groove sounds are easy to find in “Untitled” and “Imagine“.
Logan Richardson is very talented and ready to hit the jazz scene. The album “Shift” is just one step closer to the stars.

Milena Staniskovska

March 3rd, 2016

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