The Richard Sorce Project

The Richard Sorce Project appears on EverJazz Records. Just released on 1/1/2021: the new album, "Bossambal Brazil," consisting of 14 original tracks with 11 musicians. Available on all major sites, e.g., Amazon, et. al., and featured on Connect Brazil and JazzNet247.

On the new CD (2017), "Samba Para a Vida," which follows "A Place I've Never Been," and "Closer Than Before," are fifteen tracks, seven of which are sung in Portuguese and performed by a nine-piece group. Click on Audio to hear selections from the CD: Cante (Sing), Antes De Te Conhecer (Before I Knew You) and Once More.

The Richard Sorce Project

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The Richard Sorce Project

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

— Jazz Times

…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…” - Leslie Ford

— Jazz Talk, TV

…a great CD; you are quite accomplished and it shows in your music.” - James Harber

— The Jazz Intersection, Hawaii

…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…" ” - Todd Severen

— The Ripple Review

The Richard Sorce Project: A Place I've Never BeenNew 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” - Edward Blanco

— 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” - Edward Blanco

— All About Jazz

The Richard Sorce Project: "A Place I've Never BeenFrom 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 ” - Luis Raul Montell

— Jazz Caribe, Venezuela