Charley studied privately with Jazz notables Joe Monk and Harry Leahy. At Stony Brook, he focused on composition, studied with Peter Winkler and Richard Dyer-Bennet and then spent a year at Berklee College of Music. After college he played the club scene in NYC, performed for impresario Sid Bernstein, studied classical guitar with Jerry Willard and took a fascinating lesson with Ralph Towner.
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A unique guitarist/composer
Charley Rich’s new CD, “By Myself” is, as Frank Zappa used
to refer to himself, by “a composer who plays the guitar.”
Zappa was a distinctive guitarist, and so is Charley. At
times you can hear echoes of Joe Pass, John Mclaughlin,
Jerry Garcia and Ralph Towner, to name but a few of
Charley’s sonic influences, and yet, you always know it’s
Charley, from the first note. When a composer plays all the
instruments as Charley does here, you get a real window into
the mind and ear of the composer.
Charley is a poignant melodist, something you rarely hear in
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