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Rik Wright

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.

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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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Discography

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Carol Albert Carol Albert
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Pat Metheny Pat Metheny
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Mike Vaccaro Mike Vaccaro
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Danny Freyer Danny Freyer
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Andrea Claburn Andrea Claburn
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Tony Adamo Tony Adamo
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Brad Myers Brad Myers
guitar
Synia Carroll Synia Carroll
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Kathy Sanborn Kathy Sanborn
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Nicolas Bearde Nicolas Bearde
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Maureen Choi Maureen Choi
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Norman David Norman David
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