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Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

”When you play, your music must groove enough to make your soul dance. When you play, your music must groove enough to make everyones soul dance with yours.” Paraphrased from the great pianist Donald Brown who John Ricci quoted on his debut jazz quartet CD release: Holding Time.

Combining the culture of his Argentine roots and background in a musical family with a deep study of saxophone influences such as John Coltrane, Ben Webster, Stan Getz, Michael Brecker, Branford Marsalis and Mark Turner, John Ricci draws together soulful, hard swinging and harmonically modern and rhythmically diverse elements to his compositions and arrangements....
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By JOHN BARRON at AllAboutJazz Published: May 26, 2008 John Ricci: Holding Time

Saxophonist/educator John Ricci comes out swinging for his debut recording Holding Time. The Jacksonville University Professor of Jazz Studies combines original compositions and arrangements of standards for an intriguing set of mainstream jazz.

The disc opens in vigorous fashion with the up-tempo “Mode Time,” a perfect minor key workout for Ricci's robust tenor tone. The saxophonist weaves together a tight-knit solo, heavy on thematic development. Pianist Joshua Bowlus follows Ricci with a sweltering solo turn...

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