Rick Countryman

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Rick Countryman
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Background information
Birth nameRick Countryman
Born (1957-01-31) January 31, 1957 (age 65)
Massachusetts, U.S.
GenresFree Improvisation
Instrument(s)Alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, alto flute, bass flute

Rick Countryman (January 31, 1957)[7] is an American jazz saxophonist and flautist.


After years receiving little attention as a baritone saxophone player, including an extended sabbatical, Rick Countryman made a late-life change to alto sax. His first recorded session with Christian Bucher, an avant-garde drummer from Switzerland, attracted the attention of French label "Improvising Beings" and was released as Acceptance – Resistance. The recordings received positive reviews, both in the United States and Europe.[8][9][10] He has been leading ensembles on baritone saxophone, alto saxophone, alto flute and bass flute; performing original compositions, as well as free jazz/improvisation, in his own jazz quartets and trios.

He was a student of Bert Wilson, and considers Michael Bisio and Rick Mandyck early mentors.

Based in the Philippines, Countryman features in Manila's jazz festivals and local performance venues. In February 2019, he conducted workshops and performed with Dr. Royal Hartigan at MAKILINC6 Arts Festival[11] and in October 2019 at the Yilan International Art Festival in Taiwan. Countryman has over a dozen releases on five labels across Europe, Asia, and the United States,[12] including multiple CDs with Japanese improvisational drummer, Sabu Toyozumi, who had made several trips to Manila to perform and record with him.[13]

Rick Countryman's prodigious output in the field of Free Improvisation has been released across "avant music" record labels globally, which include Improvising Beings (France), Chap Chap Records (Japan), FMR Records (UK) and Sol Disk Records (USA).


  1. ^ Acceptance - Resistance | improvising beings
  2. ^ Rick Countryman | Chap Chap Records {{citation}}: Check |url= value (help)
  3. ^ EMPATHY| FMR Records
  4. ^ Turtle Bird| FMR Records (PDF)
  5. ^ Blue Spontaneity| FMR Records (PDF)
  7. ^ "Rick Countryman". Discogs. Retrieved July 11, 2022.
  8. ^ "Bucher Tan Countryman – Acceptance – Resistance (2017) | Something Else!". Something Else!. April 8, 2017. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  9. ^ "Countryman / Tan / Bucher". Citizen Jazz (in French). Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  10. ^ Edwards, Grego Applegate (January 17, 2017). "Gapplegate Music Review: Tan Bucher & Countryman, Acceptance.Resistance". Gapplegate Music Review. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  11. ^ "PHSA celebrates National Arts Month via MAKILINC 6".
  12. ^ "Rick Countryman". discogs. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  13. ^ "#448 『Sabu Toyozumi|Rick Coutryman|Simon Tan / The Center of Contradiction』". August 4, 2018.