Thursday, October 13, 2011
RICK BRITTO – FOR YOUR LOVE
It is, without a doubt, one of the most original jazz releases of the year. Conversations with Erik & I is a unique experiment, two saxophonists engrossed in discussion, one that is told through the sounds of the instruments. The gentlemen in question are Rick Britto on tenor sax with Erik Van Dam on tenor/alto sax. Together they argue through the outré sonic landscapes created by their playing or sometimes even chill with a laid-back groove. The results are provocative and never predictable, high-I.Q., edgy jazz at its finest. ~ All About Jazz.
Rick has performed with artists from jazz to R&B and Popular music including being double billed with such jazz notables as Ray Brown, Monty Alexander, Rosemary Clooney, Dave McKenna, The Artie Shaw Band, The Buddy Rich Band, and Count Basie's Orchestra to the The Drifters and The Tuneweavers to Tavares and Queen Latifa. As a well known jazz educator from the New England area and graduate of Berklee College of Music, Rick found a home as a faculty member at both the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Wheaton College instructing private lessons for saxophone and jazz piano, directing music ensembles and teaching Jazz Theory and African-American Music History.
He's enjoyed working with artists as Karl Berger, Santi Debriano, Harold Jones, Freddie Redd, Kate McGarry, One O'clock Jump, Royal Hartigan, Wes Brown, Armsted Christian, Jim Robitaille, Semenya McCord, Marcelle Gauvin, John Harrison, Chris Poudrier, Bruce Gertz, Dave Zinno, Herb King, Kenny Wensel, Lou Columbo, Frank Wilkins, Alon Yavnai through his current performance schedules. Britto truly believes in younger students by assisting band directors for both New Bedford and Old Rochester Regional High School Bands. He has also adjudicated many concerts, clinics and competitions in school districts in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.
Owning a recording studio, Saurus Studio, affords him the opportunity to produce numerous projects for radio & television as well as engineering, recording and mastering recordings for many local artists. His back to back releases Conversations with Erik & I released in June 2011 and a Contemporary Jazz CD entitled, For Your Love released in August 2011 were both recorded in his studio. Rick digitally restored and mastered old recordings for "The Music of South India" published by Prof. Matthew Allen of Wheaton College for Oxford University Press and scored music for "Jazz Consciousness Music, Race, and Humanity" by Prof. Paul Asterlitz for Wesleyan University Press.