Rick began this recording project right after he retired with 22 years in the U. S. Air Force Band’s jazz ensemble Airmen of Note. At the same time the Rick Whitehead Trio was formed and they decided to record some CDs. After three CDs, one solo guitar CD, Rick finally pulled the Guitaristic project off the shelf and has now finished the production of the recording.
Guitaristic is a collection of previously unreleased recordings from 1993. They are centered on the guitar and include several multi-track productions as well as a spontaneous duo with special guest Charlie Byrd on four of the tracks. The styles range from bebop, ballads, swing, smooth and also include three of Rick’s original tunes. Also heard on some of the tracks are pianist Stef Scagiarri, Dave Wundrow/bass and Mike Shepard/drums. Anything that works well with the guitar was the emphasis of this project. There’s an up-tempo version of Lover using 22 guitar tracks. There’s a coupling of two Billy Strayhorn tunes, Lush Life and UMMG where guitars are used for the background parts. These are just a few of the different recordings found on this CD.
The Rick Whitehead Trio started back in 1994 and has been performing mainly in the the Washington DC Area ever since. This is their third CD release. Once again the “Trio’ performs live in a recording studio with no overdubs or “fixes”. This is the result of two nites of some fun playing at Bias Recording Studio in Springfield Va.(outside of Wahington D.C.)The tracks are different in styles but the group wanted some tunes that had a “Groove” to them. Hope you Enjoy!!
Rick Whitehead’s new CD finds the veteran Washington area jazz guitarist in his element, literally and figuratively. Recorded at his home in Northern Virginia, the album is devoted to pop and jazz standards arranged for solo guitar in ways that are intimate, intricate and consistently inspired.
While some of the pieces are quiet enchantments, others, including Cole Porter’s “I Love You” and Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Wave” and “One Note Samba,” are distinguished by a more aggressive rhythmic attack. The frequent contrasts keep lulls at bay and enhance an album that’s likely to be savored by any fan of solo jazz guitar.
Whitehead’s chords are luscious and his speed and ingenuity are incredible!
The Guys are at it “AGAIN.” This is second in a series of “Live Room” recording by the Trio. They just set up in the studio and started calling tunes “just like a live gig;” totally improvised with no over dubs or fixes. The only editing is the order the tunes are presented on the CD.
Rick Whitehead was guitarist and featured soloist for “The Airmen of Note” for 22 years.While with the band, he toured all over the U.S. and overseas, recorded on more than 30 albums and CDs and worked with many prominent Jazz vocalists and Musicians including: Sarah Vaughn, Joe Williams, Billy Taylor, & Louis Bellson. Now retired from the Air Force, he works as a free lance musician and teaches Jazz Guitar at Shenandoah University in Winchester,Virginia and at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.
John Previti, a native of Maryland and DC, played bass with Danny Gatton from 1976 until the guitarist’s death in 1994. Besides working with Rick, he is a very sought after bassist in the DC Area.
Barry Hart was also a member of the Danny Gatton group.He also has worked with many notable musicians in the DC area and is one of the busiest drummers in town; doing free lance recording sessions as well as live performances.