“I can’t remember hearing a more impressive debut.
The style is hard bop, but music as good as this is beyond category."
Dave Gelly, The Observer 5*
"When I heard this album my immediate thought was that all bets are off regarding the CD of the Year.”
Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here
Without a doubt, Leo Richardson is widely recognised to be one of London's leading Jazz Tenor Saxophonists, best known for his honest, straight-ahead, contemporary hard-bop style. His most significant influences include John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Dexter Gordon, Horace Silver and Art Blakey.
Since graduating from Trinity College of Music, Leo has been making a name for himself on the London Jazz scene. He has become an in demand side man and has collaborated with many well known musicians and performed all over the world. He regularly hosts the Late Late Show at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club with his own quartet.
Some of Leo’s notable performance and recording credits include Kylie Minogue, Jamie Cullum, Gregory Porter, Wet Wet Wet, Heritage Orchestra, Candi Staton, John Newman, Ella Eyre, Jessie Ware, The BBC Proms, Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra, Ben Sidran, Submotion Orchestra, Ronan Keating, Blue, Peter Andre, Mulatu Astatke, Mica Paris Anne-Marie, Clare Teal, Roger Taylor (Queen), Toya Wilcox, The Vamps, Il Divo,The Heliocentrics, Elaine Delmar, Vula Malinga, Alan Skidmore, Gary Husband, Dick Pearce, Norma Winstone and Jim Mullen.
Leo’s quartet consists of killer artists who are all standouts in their own right. Rick Simpson, winner of the Yamaha Scholarship Prize for Outstanding Jazz Musicians, resides on piano. Tim Thornton, one of the most sought-after young musicians of his generation, drives a hugely vibrant, powerful double bass. And, in keeping with the talent in this line-up, the exceedingly diverse Ed Richardson rounds things off on drums.