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He (Whitehead) is backed by a formidable rhythm section, with John Previti on upright bass and Barry Hart on drumsNick Adde, Washington Times

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Rick Whitehead: Guitaristic

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GuitaristicRick 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.

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Track List:

  1. Lover
  2. BeBop
  3. Out of Nowhere
  4. Lullaby of Birdland
  5. Wherever it Takes You
  6. Lush Life/UMMG
  7. August Rain
  8. Children Playing
  9. Caravan
  10. Blues II
  11. So Many Stars

Music Copyright 2008 Rich Whitehead

The Rick Whitehead Trio: So There We Were …

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So There We Were...(1940's car pulling silver trailer)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!!

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Track List:

  1. Blue Bossa
  2. Just Squeeze Me
  3. Tequila
  4. The Shadow of Your Smile
  5. Blue Moon
  6. Night And Day
  7. The Nearness of You
  8. Scrapple from the Apple
  9. Pretty World
  10. Moonlight in Vermont
  11. Song for my Father

Music Copyright 2006 L.I.C. Recordings

Rick Whitehead: Notes From Home (Solo Jazz Guitar)

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Notes From Home (closeup of Rick playing)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!

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Track List:

  1. Isn’t it Romantic
  2. Polka Dots and Moonbeams
  3. Wave
  4. Sophisticated Lady
  5. Secret Love
  6. They Can’t Take That Away From Me
  7. Come Rain or Come Shine
  8. I Love You
  9. My One and Only Love
  10. One Note Samba
  11. We’ll Be Together
  12. Have You Met Miss Jones
  13. Blues in the Closet
  14. Stars Fell on Alabama

Music Copyright 2006 L.I.C. Recordings

Rick Whitehead: Live in Captivity/Again

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Live in Captivity/AgainThe 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.

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Track List:

  1. Live in Captivity Again
  2. Blues For Mundy
  3. Softly As in a Morning Sunrise
  4. Body and Soul
  5. All the Things You Are
  6. Bittersweet
  7. Stompin At the Savoy
  8. Avalon
  9. What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life
  10. Sugar

Music Copyright 2006 L.I.C. Recordings

The Rick Whitehead Trio: Live in Captivity

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Live in Captivity (Rick playing hollow body guitar)Jazz guitar trio playing a wide variety of styles on traditional standards/ progressive jazz & some high energy contemporary sounds.

“Live in Captivity” was recorded in 1997 and won the Washington Area Music Association “WAMMIE” Award for best Contemporary Jazz Album 1998.

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Track List:

  1. Nostalgia in Times Square
  2. Cherokee
  3. My Little Suede Shoes
  4. When Sunny Gets Blue
  5. Little Sunflower
  6. Makin Whoopee
  7. Break Tune
  8. Caravan
  9. The Gentle Rain
  10. My Romance
  11. Anthropology
  12. Well You Needn’t
  13. That’s All Folks! (meri-lee-we Roll Along)

Music Copyright 2006 L.I.C. Recordings

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