Richard Sorce

Jazz Times

"Richard Sorce has an original Latin-Jazz sound that is a force to be reckoned with."

Jazz Talk, TV

"…a great CD!" "…there's a whole different approach…it seems like you've taken so much of what you've been doing and started creating a whole new genre…"

The Jazz Intersection, Hawaii

"…a great CD; you are quite accomplished and it shows in your music."

The Ripple Review

"…the band is not from the 1950’s. Rather, it is The Richard Sorce Project and its 2014 all original jazz album, A Place I’ve Never Been. In my mind it is already a jazz classic, right up there with Brubeck, Getz, Gilberto, Fitzgerald, Ellington, Pass, Ellis and Jobim. It is comprised of timeless, original, jazz compositions written by Richard Sorce and performed by a panoply of seasoned professional musicians…" 

All About Jazz

The Richard Sorce Project: A Place I've Never Been

New York-based pianist/Composer and educator Richard Sorce has had a life-long affinity for the Brazilian genre and the music that emanated from the periods of the 50s through the 70s which led the artist to form the Latin Jazz group, The Richard Sorce Project in 2012. Sorce and the group now present their ten-track Brazilian-styled Latin jazz album A Place I've Never Been full of light smooth-tinged rhythms and percussions reflecting the leader's preference for the music that has influenced his career. The band performs in various formats but for this recording, Sorce draws on a five-piece rhythm section augmented by a three-piece horn section of trumpet, saxophone and trombone and the results, some of the finest rich Brazilian-flavored sounds on tap anywhere.

The gorgeous title-track opens the music with the pianist on the keys and Mark Friedman floating the flute in the background before the percussive beats of drummer Bobby Deitch kicks in joined by bass lines from Barry Wiesenfeld as the group goes where they've never been. The almost funky/Salsa introduction to "Where You Are" hides the coming shoulder-moving samba-styled nature of the tune. One of the stand out pieces of the recording has to be the moving "Sempre Em Meu Coracao" featuring the horn section of trombonist Bob Ferrel, trumpeter Vinnie Cutro and a marvelous solo by saxophonist Friedman.

Offering a bit of the soft and warm side, Sorce's composition "Quiet Moment" is one tender tune featuring a humble trumpet at the center with splashing percussions in support and accompaniment by the flute to top it off. The sounds of Brazil continue to gyrate on such terrific tracks like "Until Forever," "For Me and You" and the sizzling Samba finale of "Summer Samba." Pianist Richard Sorce and band lead one on a magical journey of exotic Brazil to A Place I've Never Been delivering exciting Latin rhythms and beats of fresh new music in a compelling and highly entertaining musical statement, well done!

Track Listing: A Place I've Never Been; Where You Are; One More Lifetime; Sempre Em Meu Coracao; Quiet Moment; Celebracao; When I'm With You; Until Forever; For Me and You; Summer Samba.

Personnel: Richard Sorce: piano, vocals (7); Russ DeFilippis: guitar; Bobby Deitch: drums; Barry Wiesenfeld: bass; Amarildo Costa: percussion; Vinnie Cutro: trumpet, flugelhorn; Mark Friedman: alto saxophone, flute; Erick Storckman: trombone (2, 5, 9, 10); Bob Ferrel: trombone (4, 6, 8); Barbara Norris Sorce: vocals (7).

Available on EverJazz Records and Latin-Cool Records LLC, Distributors

All About Jazz

Russ DeFilippis: The Sorcerer's Accomplice


Jazz guitarist and educator Russ DeFilippis from Stony Point, New York delivers his second album as leader with the appropriately titled The Sorcerer's Accomplice, a ten-piece project of smooth-styled jazz with a Brazilian flair. Why is the album title so apropos? In 2012, DeFilippis met fellow educator, composer and pianist Richard Sorce at a rehearsal of Sorce's Latin-jazz compositions which, eventually became part of Sorce's recording A Place I've Never Been (EverJazz Records, 2015).

For this recording, DeFilippis enlists Sorce's help borrowing ten of the pianist's light Brazilian compositions, includes Sorce as a player and arranger and draws on the same horn section that appeared on the pianists' previous album. Accordingly, in some respects, the guitarist, as the title implies, becomes an active willing participant in the commission of a delightfully engaging musical production which this album certainly is. While the degree of involvement from Sorce is major, this is still unquestionably, the guitarist's album and the beginning "Where You Are" establishes this fact with pronounced play from DeFilippis accompanied by the three horn section of Vinnie Cutro on trumpet, Mark Friedman on the alto and Erick Storckman on trombone.

There are three beautiful heart-felt balladic pieces of which the first is "So Little Time" featuring the guitarist on warm chords as Sorce plays the soft keys, steady bass lines from Bill Moring and Bobby Deitch on drums and light cymbal accents. The other two gorgeous ballads are "One More Lifetime" and the gentle finale of "How Do You Like That?"

In keeping with its namesake, "Sing" is the only vocal of the set showcasing the lush voice of Kerry Linder who sings in both English and Portuguese. DeFilippis demonstrates his prowess on the custom Mark Campellone archtop guitar with elegant riffs on the sprite "Love You Too." The taste of Brasil is obvious on many tracks but none as assertive as on "Celebracao" and "Go Figure."

Other notable tunes—all keepers by the way—are "When I'm With You" and "Until Forever," capping a thoroughly attention-grabbing and melodic session of light jazz. Though Russ DeFilippis plays the music of Richard Sorce on The Sorcerer's Accomplice, It's DeFilippis' mastery of the guitar that are really on display here, as he interprets an absolutely beautiful selection of music with grace and swagger.

Track Listing: Where You Are; So Little Time; Sing; Love You Too; When I'm With You; Celebracao; One More Time; Go Figure; Until Forever; How Do You Like That?

Personnel: Russ DeFilippis: guitars; Richard Sorce: piano, electric piano; Bill Moring: bass; Bobby Deitch: drums; Amarildo Costa: percussion; Vinnie Cutro: trumpet (1, 9); Mark Friedman: alto saxophone (1, 9); Erick Storckman: trombone (1); Bob Ferrel: trombone (9); Kerry Linder: vocals (3).

Available on EverJazz Records and Latin-Cool Records LLC, Distributors

Jazz Caribe, Venezuela

The Richard Sorce Project: "A Place I've Never Been"

"From various structures, but with the same feeling, pooling their knowledge and experience Richard Sorce achieved with his compositions, arrangements and an excellent group of musicians, a magnificent album" A Place I've Never Been "reinvigorating the Brazilian Latin Jazz" - Luis Raul Montell, Jazz Caribe


Woodshed Jazz Magazine

The Richard Sorce Project

 “Be careful how you enter Latin jazz. It could change your life.”  ~Martin Espada~

Sometimes we all need to simply escape to a place we’ve never been. If we cannot get there physically, we can depart and arrive emotionally. “A Place I’ve Never Been,” by The Richard Sorce Project provides such a listening escape.
New York-based pianist/composer and educator Richard Sorce formed the Latin Jazz group, The Richard Sorce Project in 2012. I don’t find it just a  coincidence that Richard’s last name Sorce is also an anagram for the word “score” because Richard Sorce scores big with his talent on piano, horn, string arrangements, vocals and percussion. “My primary focus is on composition, arranging and interpretation rather than virtuosic instrumental performance.”  “A Place I’ve Never Been” has been receiving boundless airplay and reviews. 
...Everyone who listens to this CD will have their favorites. “A Place I’ve Never Been” is a smooth tune to fully escape into. Accentuated by flute melody, the piano allows one to travel to their real or imaginary destiny. What a fitting title for the song and the CD! It embodies a peaceful, calming nocturne feel to it on one level, yet has the timbre that stimulates, invigorates and stirs the imagination... “One More Lifetime,” begins like a slow and smooth cruise, but speeds off like a Maserati on the Pacific Coast Highway with the guitar and piano providing the fuel.
...Listening to all of the songs on “A Place I’ve Never Been” feels like a story being told from beginning to end with the track 2, “Until Forever”  being not only a fitting title but the perfect conclusion although it isn’t the last song. If I had to choose, I’d say that this one is my favorite.  The musical, travel destination has been concluded. The spiritual and emotional vacation is over but there is great news. I can start the CD over from the beginning, embarking on a completely new journey and once again go to “A Place I’ve Never Been.”  
For jazz lovers who already have this CD, keep up! For those who do not, catch up! Richard has begun recording another CD of all original material set for a tentative release in June of 2016.
Bridgid Brousseau, Reviewer, Publisher, Woodshed Jazz Magazine, 5/16/2016

Jazz Caribe, Venezuela

"There has been part of Russ DeFilippis and Richard Sorce such an understanding, in all musical aspects that made possible this gem" The Sorcerer's Accomplice," a dedication over Sorce in his compositions to Brazilian Jazz. DeFilippis places on record because it is considered one of the best guitarists of today",
 Luis Raul Montell - Jazz Caribe

L.A. Jazz Scene

L. A. Jazz Scene

The Richard Sorce Project
Closer Than Before
While Richard Sorce is a fine pianist, his recordings put the emphasis on his compositions and arrangements. On 
Closer Than Before, there are plenty of concise solos from altoist Mark Friedman, Fred Maxwell on trumpet and 
flugelhorn, trombonist Brian Bonvissuto, Sorce and especially guitarist Rob Reich, but they are outgrowths of the 
themes rather than wild flights.
Richard Sorce’s music is easy-listening, often Brazilian-flavored, melodic, joyous and pleasing. Such songs as “Minha 
Alegra” which has the feel of a big band, the warm ballad “Closer Than Before,” the energetic “Never In A Million 
Years” and the infectious “Sky High” are among the highpoints. Kerry Linder takes excellent Brazilian vocals on 
three numbers including some wordless vocalizing on “Could This Be?”
Closer Than Before contains melodic music that is subtle and quietly creative. It is available from www.richardsorce.
Scott Yanow, Reviewer

The Smooth Jazz Ride

July 14, 2017, The Smooth Jazz Ride
The Richard Sorce Project – Samba Para a Vida
Granted, this is an album not routinely seen on our site, but it is another of those we feel has enough value, substance, and universal appeal to compel us to share it. Pianist/composer Richard Sorce has created, Samba Para a Vida, a well-done nod to the gentle, exotic music and culture of Latin America — in this case, Brazil. While not a smooth jazz work, its international draw should become apparent right from the start.

You get a good feel for Sorce’s finesse and command of the piano as he sways through some tasteful tracks like the title track, “Forever Again,” Once More,” “Another Day in Paradise,” and others that pamper and soothe if you dare to imagine yourself relaxing in Rio.
In addition to tantalizing vocals on the lead track “Escrito No Vento,” Negrete seduces with her charm on “Danca Do Sol,” “Me Deixe Perto,” “Vozes,” and more.
 – Ronald Jackson

All About Jazz

All About Jazz

Richard Sorce: Samba Para a Vida

Edward Blanco By EDWARD BLANCO
August, 2017
Richard Sorce: Samba Para a Vida Samba Para a Vida—New York-based pianist and composer Richard Sorce's third album of Brazilian-styled jazz from his group the Richard Sorce Project is a delicious blend of ballads, light bossa novas and sambas, all captured in a superb package of vocal and instrumental performances, resulting in one enchanting musical taste of Brasil. One thing is certain: there's plenty of music to sample on this recording, featuring fifteen original compositions including seven songs sung in Portuguese by Sao Paulo's Iara Negrete.

Accompanying Sorce on this effort is a cast of eight additional players comprising a band that, besides the standard rhythm section, also includes percussion, guitar and a brass/horn section featuring flugelhorn, alto saxophone, flute, trumpet and trombone, rounding out a nice nine-piece ensemble that almost produces a big band sound at times.

This light and warm album, subtitled "Original Latin Jazz" but with a touch of Brasilia, begins with two vocal compositions featuring Negrete: "Escrito No Vento (Written in the Wind)" and "Antes De Te Conheser (Before I Knew You)." They set the stage for the first instrumental: the brief but bubbly and percussive title track, featuring solos from the leader, as well as trumpeter Fred Maxwell. One of the first ballads on the disc is the slow and gentle "Forever Again," before the music turns to vocal pieces once again.

Sorce fills the repertoire with so many pleasurable moments that this is one recording where all of the pieces are keepers. Two of the finer moments are the album's last two tracks: "It's Always New," and the balladic finale, "No One Else but You," both worthy of repeated spins. As Sorce states in the liner notes "the music...might be somewhat reminiscent of the Brazilian style of the '50s, '60s and '70s," and that's precisely what makes Samba Para a Vida such an enchanting musical statement. Well done!

Track Listing: Escrito No Vento (Written In the Wind); Antes De Te Conhecer (Before I Knew You); Samba Para a Vida; Forever Again; Cante (Sing); A Chama (The Flame); Danca Do Sol (Sun Dance); Say It Softly; Seu Olhar (Your Eyes); Once More; Me Deixe Perto (Let Me); Another Day In Paradise; Vozes (Voices); It's Always New; No One Else But You.
Personnel: Richard Sorce: composer, pianist, arranger; Iara Negrete: vocals; Sue Williams: bass; Don Guinta: drums; Rob Reich: guitar, Dave Yee: percussion; Mark Friedman: alto saxophone, flute; Fred Maxwell: trumpet, flugelhorn; Brian Bonvissuto: trombone.
Title: Samba Para a Vida | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Everjazz Records



The Richard Sorce Project: Samba Para a Vida

Samba Is Life

Samba Para a VidaComposer, pianist and arranger Richard Sorce has demonstrated a long-standing closeness to Brazilian music. His two previous albums, A Place I’ve Never Been and Closer Than Before already showcased his connection to Brazil in some tracks. Now, his third and brand new release delves deeper into the Brazilian repertoire with fifteen original songs, seven of which are beautifully interpreted by São Paulo-born Iara Negrete. Although on the album cover the subtitle “Original Latin Jazz” is present, do not fool yourself into not thinking this is Brazilian. Of course, with the introduction of vocals in Portuguese, this is a good advance in Richard Sorce’s music.

Richard Sorce has been on the faculty at Ramapo College and William Paterson University (New Jersey) since 1999. He holds a Ph.D. in music theory and composition from New York University, and is currently based in New York City. For Samba para a Vida, Sorce has surrounded himself with high caliber musicians. His band is competent and delivers his sambas, ballads and bossas with great ability. Besides playing the piano and writing all songs in the album, Sorce also did the arrangements. His band is skilled and comprised of Sue Wiliams (bass), Don Giunta (drums), Dave Yee (percussion), Rob Reich (guitar) Mark Friedman (alto sax, flute), Fred Maxwell (trumpet, flugelhorn), Brian Bonvissuto (trombone), and he introduces the beautiful voice of Iara Negrete.

Iara Negrete hails from São Paulo and grew up in a musical family (her father a classical guitarist). She mentions her performance style receives influences from pop to jazz singers including Sarah Vaughan, Diane Schuur, Elis Regina, Leny Andrade, Stevie Wonder and others. She also has two solo albums released in Brazil and the foreign market. She possesses a clear timbre and precise enunciation. and she delivers the music presented here with gusto. Incidentally, she is also behind the Portuguese lyric translations.

The music in the album is lively and performed in a style that Sorce calls “reminiscent of the Brazilian style of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.” He is, of course, referring to the spontaneity of Brazilian music from that era. He is one of those Brazilian music lovers touched and influenced by that music.

The beautiful opener,”Escrito no Vento,” has a gentle introduction leading into a slow samba sung by Iara Negrete. It is a strong introduction to her vocals in the album. The next track is a touching bossa with lyrics retelling the story of how two people meet and turn a fantasy into a lifetime jouney. The lyrics say “we’ll find that place no one has heard of, that place, imagined long ago.” Solos by Mark Friedman on flute and Fred Maxwell on flugelhorn are heavenly. Together with Negrete’s vocals, this song soars in its beauty. The title track, “Samba para a Vida,” is a lively instrumental samba in the same style as other effusive compositions, such as “A Chama” and “Another Day in Paradise.” In contrast with those, soft ballads, such as “Forever Again” and “No One Else but You” provide the album a nice melodic balance and strong listener appeal.


Jazz Monthly

Richard Sorce-The Richard Sorce Project

CD: "Samba Para a Vida"-EverJazz Records

"Be careful how you enter Latin jazz. It could change your life."

This sentiment so aptly expressed by Martin Espada could not be truer for New York based composer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, author, Professor of Music with a Ph.D. in Music Theory and Composition, Billboard-charted songwriter, lyricist, recipient of Meet the Composer Grants and multiple ASCAP awards, Richard Sorce, whose affection for Latin Jazz and Brazilian music is longstanding, and now with Samba Para a Vida, clearly demonstrates his devotion. In this brand new release, from The Richard Sorce Project, composer, pianist and arranger, Richard Sorce, along with eight members of the group, follow through on the promise of their earlier collection of Brazilian-tinged inspiration from "Closer Than Before" and bring us along on a leisurely and exotic journey to a place we've never been.

For Latin Jazz lovers this is a place where we find many of our favorite things. All About Jazz's Edward Blanco writes on 8/7/17, Samba Para a Vida, "is a delicious blend of ballads, light Bossa Novas, and sambas, all captured in a superb package of vocal and instrumental performances, resulting in one enchanting musical taste of Brazil."

"Combining some easy listening and traditional jazz influences with the powerful attraction of Samba and Bossa Nova, Sorce delivers a serene, blissful collection of midnight-on-the-beach music, a lot of it featuring Brazilian vocalist Iara Negrete who captures and captivates by singing in Portuguese" says Ronald Jackson in his 7/14/17 review of the release for The Smooth Jazz Ride. See Link: 

Antes De Te Conhencer/  Before I Knew You

For those appreciating this Brazilian sense and sensibility, with Samba Para a Vida, Sorce firmly creates an aesthetic  all his own. The second track "Antes De Te Conhencer/  Before I Knew You" an exquisitely arranged Bosa Nova with a silky smooth melody that illuminates the lyric, creating a vision of love we hope to find with phrases like "we'll find that place no one has heard of, that place, imagined long ago." Negrete, together with Richard Sorce on piano, Mark Friedman on flute and Fred Maxwell on flugelhorn make this a place we hope to be if we are not yet already there.

Of the fifteen tracks, eight are instrumental, Ronald Jackson in his Smooth Jazz Ride column notes, "you get a good feel for Sorce's finesse and command of the piano as he sways through some tasteful tracks like the title track (Samba Para a Vida), Forever Again, Once More, Another Day in Paradise, and others that pamper and soothe if you dare to imagine yourself relaxing in Rio."

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L.A. Jazz Scene

Richard Sorce
Samba Para a Vida
L.A. Jazz Times, 2/2018
            An excellent pianist, Richard Sorce is also a talented arranger-composer who performs a set of his new Brazilian jazz compositions on Samba Para a Vida.
            For this project, Sorce uses similar personnel as on his previous CD Closer Than Before. Once again, Sorce features concise solos throughout the program by altoist Mark Friedman, trumpeter Fred Maxwell, trombonist Brian Bonvissuto, and guitarist Rob Reich that fit the music well; Friedman is particularly impressive. A major difference from Closer Than Before (which had three vocals from Kerry Linder) is that Iara Negrete is featured singing in Portuguese on seven of the selections. Her vocalizing is quite jazz-oriented, she handles the occasional wordless lines (most impressive on “Cante (Sing)”) effortlessly, and she has a clear and appealing voice that serves the music well.
            Sorce, whose piano is well featured on the tasteful “Forever Again” and the closing easy-listening piece “No One Else But You,” has made a major contribution to Brazilian music, writing 15 new songs for this CD that are upbeat and joyous. They are a logical outgrowth of the 1960s bossa-nova tradition, extending its legacy. This fine set is recommended and available from
                                                                                    Scott Yanow