neal richardson


BETTER THAN THE BLUES - Released 2014

Singer/Pianist Neal Richardson’s debut album of original material Better Than The Blues is a unique collaboration – a CD of great music bound in a book of Peter Prior’s fantastic photographs inspired by the compositions.

“Neal Richardson brings a fundamental honesty and integrity to everything he does.” Sebastian Scotney, Editor, London Jazz News

Neal Richardson is better known to some as the producer of some of the UK’s finest jazz albums from the last decade including Liane Carroll and Ian Shaw. Having performed over 2000 gigs in 50 countries himself, he is at last bringing his own musical talents to the fore with Better Than The Blues, his debut album of original material. Many of the great musicians he has worked with are featured on the album, from his newest record label signing Ricardo Herz (the phenomenal Brazilian violinist), to Claire Martin OBE on backing vocals.

Firmly rooted in the acoustic piano jazz and blues traditions, Neal’s songs have a raw confessional style and a huge breadth of genres: From the down-home title track; the brutal honesty of UXB and This Is Not The Life; the feel-good rhythms of Nfunk and irresistible samba You’re The Future; the sublime Breathe; to the moving story told by The Soul Of New Orleans – written following his performance at the first Mardi Gras after Hurricane Katrina.

More than just a CD, this is a unique artistic collaboration with award-winning photographer Peter Prior, whose work has been described as having a “timeless elegance”. The result is an exquisite, tactile, hardback coffee-table book/CD, overflowing with Peter’s breathtaking images to accompany the music. This is something physically, visually and aurally desirable, a premium product to cherish “instead of just a faceless download”.

Released on FEBRUARY 10th with a LAUNCH GIG at Pizza Express Jazz Club with a stellar 9-piece band on February 11th 2014. Expect a night of punchy groovy tunes with blues and pop influences as well as jazz, great wit and a big sound from the impressive horn section (Dave Lewis, Mark White and Mark Bassey) plus the powerful guitar of Andy Drudy.

“a gem of a musical citizen” Ian Shaw

Better Than The Blues, 2014 (SPR015CD)

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TRACK LISTING
1. Better Than The Blues
2. This Is Not The Life
3. February
4. Nfunk
5. The Soul Of New Orleans
6. Cynthia
7. U.X.B.
8. All Out Blues
9. Pretty As A Picture
10. Breathe
11. Delicious Circle
12. The Very Thought Of You
13. You're The Future

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