Yeah!!! Rich Perry is great. My favorite! Now that I watched the video "Is there anyone who loves music more than Maria Schneider?" You can just see it on her face. You can tell she has an amazing passion for music.
I've had the opportunity to sit in clinics where Rich has taught, and have heard him a number of times live. Not only is he a fun guy to be around, but his approach to solos really is unique. He has several CDs out on the label that Aebersold has with a range of standards to more modern. I was impressed here with his work in more of a big band setting as I had only heard him in small combo settings before. Nice.
The thing that strikes me the most when I hear Perry's solo on that clip (or any of his stuff) is how he takes the time to DEVELOP his solo. Storytelling through my horn is a concept that I'm constantly practicing and trying to enhance and Rich just does it so easily.
I really want to go to NYC and take a couple lessons with him, but I can't seem to find a way online to get in-touch with him. Does anyone have any ideas?? Thanks.
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