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A graph of Rik Wright’s influences would read like a wave, running a gamut from jazz to rock and back again. As a guitarist he has taken on influences—often subconsciously—as varied as Andy Summers of The Police and John Abercrombie. Compositionally speaking, Wright hangs with a different crowd altogether, mingling instead with the spirits of Mingus, Monk, and Miles. Of this alliterative trio, Miles has been a decidedly conscious influence in terms of process. And in fact, as becomes obvious once you acclimate to its flow, Wright’s improvising strikes more of an affinity with horn players than guitarists. As a relatively intervallic, melodic player he prefers his wheat brewed, not shredded.

Growing up with Jeff Beck on one shoulder and Jim Hall on the other, Wright bears the mark of a generation that burned bridges between genres. His latest recordings, Blue in 2013 and Red in 2014, build new bridges in their place. Together, they mark the first time in a decades- long career that he has made music purely for its own sake. And for good reason. Several years ago, Wright suffered an injury that stopped him from gigging altogether. He realized that if he were ever going to get back into the game, then it would have to be on his terms and his alone. He was inspired to write fearlessly. In that interim, came the assembly of Rik Wright’s Fundamental Forces, a stunning collective of like-minded musicians that boldly follow him into haunting and often beautiful soundscapes.

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“Rik Wright is a stellar jazz guitarist with a real slant on the future of the genre.” – Music Morsels

“Wright can fool you into thinking world one minute, rock the next, a touch of new age and back to the core of jazz… Nicely done, this set has a nice magic that works throughout.” – Midwest Record Review

“If you haven’t checked out his work yet, you have some catch-up ball to play.” – Jazz Now

“A plethora of instruments are channeled through song structures allowing the improvisation and musicianship to flat knock you out.” – Music Morsels

Throughout the entire album, bandleader Wright’s guitar playing is creative and impeccable, without being flashy

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Album Rik Wright's Fundamental Forces -

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HipSync Records
2014

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Album Rik Wright's Fundamental Forces -

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HipSync Records
2013

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Album Zen Tornado by Rik Wright

Zen Tornado

HipSync Records
2005

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