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Richard Todd:
Rickter Scale
RICKTER SCALE coverIf you think of the horn only as the "polite" voice of the orchestra, if you've never considered it as a jazz instrument on par with trumpet or saxophone, if you don't believe that a superb classical musician could ever loosen up and blow a hot solo with the best of them... then you haven't heard Rick Todd.

A renowned concertizing soloist, orchestral player, and one of the busiest studio musicians in Hollywood, Rick is also a familiar face in the jazz clubs of southern California.  His style-hopping fluency and superb technique are redefining the way people think of the French horn, and he is adding a new and singular voice to the sound of jazz.

On Rickter Scale -- his second GM release, Todd is joined by the great west coast rhythm section of pianist Billy Childs, bass player John Clayton, and drummer Ralph Penland for a set ranging from the bebop anthem "Anthropology" to Duke Ellington's "In a Mellotone" to Chick Corea's driving "Got a Match, as well as several original tunes.  Also features is a gorgeous eight-horn arrangement by the late David Rose of his classic ballad "Our Waltz."

(For more Richard Todd and to hear his "classical" side, see his GM debut, New Ideas.)

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Richard Todd, French hornBilly Childs, pianoJohn Clayton Jr, bass;  
Ralph Penland
, drums
1. "Got a Match" (Chick Corea) 5:04
2. "Cipriana" (Steve Huffsteter) 7:10
3. "Rickter Scale" (Richard Todd) 5:28
4. "Our Waltz" (David Rose) 3:00
5. "Melancholia" (Steve Huffsteter) 8:31
6. "Anthropology" (Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker) 5:23
7. "In a Mellotone" (Duke Ellington) 5:38
8. "A Time for Love" (Johnny Mandel) 8:20
Recorded on 30 September & 1 October 1989 at Mad Hatter Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California.
Producer: Gunther Schuller
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