Highly inventive original jazz The Richard Shulman Group – Turned into Lemonade

Highly inventive original jazz The Richard Shulman Group – TURNED INTO LEMONADE:  Though this is my first review of Richard’s energetic jazz piano work, it’s actually his fourth original release… as I listen to tunes like the 5:01 “I Claim My Day“, it helps me to renew my spirit in most positive fashion… full of life & the living of it – to the MAX.

Joining Richard are some of the hippest jazz players on the planet… Jacob Rodriguez – tenor & soprano saxophones; Zack Page – bass; Rick Dilling – drums, and Wendy Jones doing vocals on tracks 4, 7 & 9… Wendy’s vocal on the 6:19 “Finding Peace” is (without question) one of the most comforting jazz vocals I’ve heard (yet) in 2018… a perfect match with the other players!

The highly-charged “Write Again” will have you up on your feet & swaying ’round the room… I totally dug Zack’s bass work on this one… excellent recording as well.

If truly “solid” jazz is what your ears are yearning for, you’ll find “In Between the Blue and Green” to be one of those tunes you’ll play over & over & over again… it’s “stuck” in “replay mode” on my iPhone playlists, to be sure… Richard’s piano on this track is right up-front & shows talent beyond compare.

I’m a lover of Latin-flavored jazz, to it was easy to decide on my personal favorite of the fourteen songs offered up for your listening pleasure… “Sunny Samba” is about as tasty as it gets… I think you can expect to be hearing this one on jazz stations across the nation – frequently!

I give Richard and his talented crew a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98 for this lively and entertaining album.  Get more information on the Rich Heart Music label page for the release.          Rotcod Zzaj


Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj) is a globe-hopping musician and poet who spent many years roving the world until he finally settled in his current abode, Lacey, Washington... just down the road from Seattle. He started IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION magazine in 1990 (still being published), and Contemporary Fusion Reviews magazine in 2016. He also was a keyboard player & singer for many years... you can hear (and download for free) many of those works at his "Internet Archive Collection". If you'd like to support our efforts and get something in return, there are also a few of these albums for sale on the Rotcod Zzaj BandCamp site"

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  1. Dear Dick,
    Thank you for your fantastic review of “Turned into Lemonade!” You actually reviewed an orchestral album of mine in 2002, “Camelot Reawakened.” In both instances you really “got” what the album was about. Thank you again! Best wishes, Richard Shulman

    • Hi, Richard,

      Ah, it’s been a while since your 2002 album… I truly DO appreciate you taking the time to give me personal feedback… LOVED your album!

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