23 June 2014

Live Review: Paul Richards Latin Trio at The Verdict

Paul Richards Latin Trio

The Verdict, Brighton

Saturday 21st June


    Launching his new album, Empatia, guitarist Paul Richards displayed his deep love of South American music performing a mixture of Brazilian choros, bossa novas and sambas, along with other South American compositions  such as Milongo by Argentinian guitarist Jorge Cardoso and La Gatica by Venezuelan composer Antonio Lauro.

    The happy, relaxing South American grooves suited the summer setting, not least because of the equatorial heat and humidity of the Verdict basement.

    Steve Thompson excelled at both laying down a solid bass accompaniment and as a fluent soloist on many of the tunes, as well as contributing his original composition, Deposit, a groovy bass-feature reminiscent of Lee Morgan’s Sidewinder.

    Tony Shepherd laid down the grooves (utilising the shaker, the Brazilian pandeiro placed on the snare and a set of bongos to augment the drum kit) and

played some mind-altering polyrhythms on their trio version of Afro Blue.


The CD Empatia is available from Paul Richards who you can contact through his website: www.paulrichardsguitar.com

or buy a copy from him at The Brunswick Jazz Jam which he hosts every Tuesday evening.


Charlie Anderson

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