Mike Richmond (musician)

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Mike Richmond (born February 26, 1948 in Philadelphia) is an American jazz bassist.

Richmond started on guitar then picked up bass in his early teens. He attended Temple University (1965–1970), studying with Edward Arian from the Philadelphia Orchestra. After lessons with Jimmy Garrison in the early 1970s he began performing with Chico Hamilton and Arnie Lawrence, also working with Stan Getz, Jack DeJohnette, Horace Silver, Joe Henderson, Lee Konitz, Hubert Laws, Franco Ambrosetti, Dannie Richmond, Gil Evans, Art Farmer, Woody Herman, and George Gruntz.

Starting in 1980, Richmond devoted time to learning the sitar, traveling to India and performing live with Ravi Shankar. He led Mingus Dynasty (replacing Mingus) from 1980–1985, and began teaching at New York University in 1988 (Teacher of the Year, 1991 & 1994).

Richmond won a Grammy Award for Miles & Quincy Live at Montreux. His book Modern Walking Bass Technique is used internationally.


As leader[edit]

  • For Us (SteepleChase, 1978) with Andy LaVerne
  • Dream Waves (Inner City) (1978)
  • Colours of a Dream (International Phonograph) (1980)
  • Prayer for Peace (Moers) (1985)
  • Basic Tendencies (Nomad) (1988)
  • Light Blues (Polygram/Amadeo) (1988)
  • On the Edge (SteeepleChase) (1988)
  • Dance for Andy (SteepleChase) (1989)
  • New Blues (Nuba) (1993)
  • Blue in Green (SteepleChase) (1994)
  • The Pendulum (SteepleChase, 2016)

As sideman[edit]

With Franco Ambrosetti

With Bob Berg

  • New Birth (Xanadu, 1978)

With Jerry Bergonzi

  • I Ching Reading (Ram)

With Keith Copeland and Kenny Barron

  • On Target (Jazz Mania)

With Ted Curson

With Miles Davis and Quincy Jones

With Buddy DeFranco

  • Borinquin (Sonet)

With Jack DeJohnette

With Gil Evans

  • Synthetic Evans (Poljazz, 1976)

With Herb Geller

  • A Jazz Song Book (Enja, 1987)

With Stan Getz

  • Another World (Columbia, 1977)
  • Academy of Jazz (Poljazz, 1978)
  • Poetry in Jazz (Jazz File)
  • Jazzbuhne Berlin '78 (Repertoire)
  • Utopia (West Wind)

With George Gruntz

With Chico Hamilton

  • Live at Montreux (Stax)

With Roland Hanna

  • Gershwin, Carmichael & Cats (CTI)

With Tom Harrell

  • Aurora (Adamo, 1976)
  • Minds Ear (RCA)

With Richie Havens

  • The American Game (Arista)

With Daniel Humair

  • Surrounded (Flat and Sharp, 1987)

With Vic Juris

  • Bleecker St. (Muse, 1981)

With Eric Kloss

With Jimmy Knepper

With Lee Konitz

  • Round and Round (Columbia)

With Andy LaVerne

  • Mythology (International Phonograph)
  • The Spirit of '76 (Four Star, 1976)
  • Another World (SteepleChase, 1977)
  • Another World Another Time (SteepleChase, 1999)
  • Three's Not a Crowd (SteepleChase, 2012)

With Arnie Lawrence

  • Renewal (Palo Alto, 1982)
  • Treasure Island (Dr. Jazz)

With Hubert Laws

  • Say It With Silence (Columbia, 1978) 35022
  • A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich [Soundtrack] (Columbia, 1978)
  • My Time Will Come (Music Casters)

With Jim McNeely

  • Winds of Change (SteepleChase)
  • Rains Dance (SteepleChase)
  • The Plot Thickens (Muse)
  • East Side/West Side (Owl)

With Mingus Dynasty

  • Live at Montreux (Atlantic, 1980)

With Jackie Paris

  • Jackie Paris (Audiophile, 1982)
  • Nobody Else But Me (Audiophile, 1988)
  • Lucky to Be Me (EmArcy, 1989)
  • Love Songs (EmArcy, 1990)
  • The Intimate Jackie Paris (Hudson, 2000)

With Bobby Paunetto

  • Commit to Memory (Pathfinder, 1977)
  • Composer in Public (RSVP Jazz)
  • Reconstituted (RSVP Jazz)

With Dannie Richmond

With Larry Schneider

  • Just Cole Porter (SteepleChase)
  • Blind Date (SteepleChase)
  • It Might As Well Be Spring (SteepleChase)

With Ravi Shankar

  • Jazzmine (Polydor)

With Ben Sidran

  • Life's a Lesson (Go Jazz)

With Marvin Stamm

  • Mystery Man (Music Masters)

With John Stowell

  • Golden Delicious (Inner City, 1977)

With Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band

With Tom Varner

With Naná Vasconcelos

  • Asian Journal (Music of the World, 1981)

With Bennie Wallace

  • Sweeping Through the City (Enja, 1984)

With Bill Watrous

  • The Tiger of San Pedro (Columbia, 1975)

With Eliot Zigmund

  • Dark Street (Freelance)