Jazz Recordings

Christmas Tidings

Rick Gallagher

CHRISTMAS TIDINGS is a collection of classic Christmas songs and carols with fresh new arrangements. Performed in timeless fashion by a swinging jazz piano trio with percussion, this album continues in the holiday tradition of Vince Guaraldi and Oscar Peterson. Rick Gallagher - piano Paul Thompson - bass Thomas Wendt - drums George Jones - percussion

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Sweet Potato Eyebrows

Rick Gallagher

Rick Gallagher’s debut release, "Sweet Potato Eyebrows," showcases his versatility as both an arranger, composer, and a jazz pianist through a variety of classic-sounding originals and standards. From the traditional jazz trio performance of the romantic ballad "The Night Before" to the funkier sextet sounds of "People of the World" and "Sweet Potato Eyebrows," listeners of all ages are sure to find a favorite. Check out Gallagher’s tasteful interpretation of the standards "I Got It Bad" and "They Can’t Take That Away From Me." "Grace Amazing" is his haunting reharminization of the traditional hymn "Amazing Grace." Refreshing jazz waltzes, such as "Everything Is Good(Olivia’s Song)" and "Adyn Rebekah" complete the recording with their uplifting spirit. "Sweet Potato Eyebrows" comes together as a classic collection of memorable songs performed by some of the most talented jazz musicians in the northeastern United States.

Rick Gallagher - piano, Paul Thompson -bass, Thomas Wendt - drums, Delano "Volcano" Choy - trumpet, Eric Defade - tenor saxophone, Bob Kunkel - drums,
George jones - percussion, Brian Stahurski - bass, Joe Waslousky - drums

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Sugar Shack

Rick Gallagher

Rick's fifth recording, Sugar Shack is full of organic swing, latin, groove, and romantic ballads showcasing his lyrical writing, arranging and tasteful sound. Innovative reharmonized covers include a latin version of "Eleanor Rigby" by the Beatles and an urban half-time funk version of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by 80's pop-band Tears for Fears. Gallagher's originals are soulful, personal, reflective and include two heartfelt tracks written for his children.

Rick Gallagher - piano Paul Thompson - bass Thomas Wendt - drums George Jones - percussion

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Solo Standard, Vol. 1

Rick Gallagher

This is the first release in a series of solo piano collections of timeless jazz standards. Solo Standard Volume I includes Rick's creative takes on classics from jazz pianists Vince Guaraldi and Herbie Hancock along with standards from the master composers Gershwin, Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Gallagher's arrangements are swinging, soulful, introspective and always share his creative approach and spirit.

Rick Gallagher - Solo Piano

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Hymns

Rick Gallagher

In Hymns, Gallagher combines elements of jazz, pop, blues, gospel and other contemporary sounds into new interpretations of old hymns of the church. The uplifting yet introspective set includes Amazing Grace, Great is Thy Faithfulness, How Great Thou Art, and Holy, Holy, Holy. The selections in this collection highlight Gallagher's creativity, spiritual connection, soulful approach, and light touch at the piano.

Rick Gallagher- Solo Piano

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Snowriding

Rick Gallagher

Rick's second holiday release, Snowriding brings the warmth and joy of the season home to you again, featuring a winter-spirited original title track along with a unique mix of holiday classics re-arranged in his traditional jazz style. The crisp, lively swing of "Silver Bells," and Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime" is complimented by the warm, peaceful ballad renditions of "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" Comforting waltzes "Carol of the Bells" and "I Saw Three Ships" are balanced by the Latin-gospel grooves of "The First Noel" and "Joy to the World." His best recording yet, Gallagher has redefined holiday favorites, so bundle up, relax and enjoy the "snow ride."

Rick Gallagher - piano Paul Thompson - bass Thomas Wendt - drums George Jones - percussion

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A Sleigh, a Song, and a Baby Boy

Rick Gallagher

A Sleigh, a Song, and a Baby Boy is a must have collection of freshly rearranged Christmas classics performed by a swinging but sensitive jazz trio with percussion. The uptempo cuts "Sleigh Ride" and "Sing We Now of Christmas" swing with holiday cheer, while the ballads "O Holy Night," "Hark the Herald Angels Sing," and "The Holly and the Ivy" are warm, tasteful and reflective. The Afro-Cuban "Little Drummer Boy", the funky bugaloo "Let it Snow," and the Latin grooves of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" complete the collection with a soulful sound. Backed by some of the Pittsburgh region's finest -- Paul Thompson, Thomas Wendt, and George Jones, and expert engineering by Dino Distefano, who engineered the 1997 Grammy Award winning performance by the Count Basie Orchestra -- A Sleigh, a Song, and a Baby Boy is sure to become a holiday favorite.

Rick Gallagher - piano Paul Thompson - bass
Thomas Wendt - drums George Jones - percussion

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Peace Be Still

Rick Gallagher

This reflective and uplifting collection of re-harmonized hymns and spirituals is Rick's first solo piano release. Titles include such classics as "Joyful, Joyful", "Were You There", and "This Little Light of Mine" along with inspirational jazz standards such as Horace Silver's "Peace" and Duke Ellington's "Come Sunday."

Rick Gallagher - Solo Piano

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Blue Tail Fly

Rick Gallagher

Blue Tail Fly is a solo piano collection of children's song and lullabies. The album's 22 songs are comprised mostly of classic American folklore tunes and nursery rhyme themes. Rick blends elements of folk, jazz, gospel, and blues into familiar children's melodies creating unique, memorable arrangements.

Blue Tail Fly is comprised of two sections, Playtime and Sleepytime. Playtime is a perfect companion for your child's or student's creative play and artistic development, while Sleepytime is intended to help relax and calm children. Blue Tail Fly is a great resource for families, teachers, daycare facilities, music therapists, hospitals and the young at heart.

Rick Gallagher - Solo Piano

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