A440, 2004, CD
Jazz Ruler Type: R&B+Jazz
O’s Notes: Contemporary jazz guitarist, Smith opens up on fire with the title track to set the stage for an enjoyable set. He chooses excellent accompaniment including guys like Alex Acuna (percussion), Brian Bromberg (b), Brian Culbertson (keys, tb) and Jeff Lorber (keys, g) and puts them to good use. The hits roll one after another. Smith writes most of the songs. There’s a cool cover of EWF’s “Sing A Song” and the Latin tinged “Beyond the Mountains” for added variety. Richard displays his prowess on songs like “What’s Up?!” while maintaining a rhythm that’s easy to digest. This CD is a winner.