Category : Performances

The Rick’s world of being a working musician and traveler is captured in HD video. Included are live performances, private and public workshops, behind the scenes footage, and precious musical experiences abroad.

Five Elements in San Sebastian, Spain July 23, 2016

This exclusive concert performance features myself with Five Elements. Steve Coleman on alto sax, Anthony Tidd on bass, Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet and Miles Okazaki on guitar. The music performed here is a perfect example of multiple drum chants supporting accompanying music also rhythmically multi-layered. Things are triggered by horn cues in which there are many. Also certain phrases trigger unusual events.Screen Shot 2017-02-01 at 1.21.55 AM One of the best ways to understand an artist closely is to know where they come from culturally. In the case of alto saxophonist Steve Coleman, you’ll hear everything from bebop to James Brown to Charlie Parker. And of course many other musical references. Every member of this band demonstrates the sonic ability to react swiftly to everything happening. Being the drummer of this unit means I have to pay close attention at all times. Not only do I have to keep my place, I have to be able to hear where all the parts line up. For example, the bass may be totally against what I am playing. I must hear how that happens and at any time someone may throw a cue in a peculiar place. I have to be able to respond at the blink of an eye.

Trickster at Harlem Jazz Museum NYC June 23, 2016

Trickster’s performance at Harlem’s Jazz Museum features the music of guitarist Miles Okazaki. Each song selection has a distinct drum chant accompanying and setting the structures from which all the parts hang. Each instrumental part builds during the compositions creating a setting for extensive improvisation. Miles Okazaki-guitar, Anthony Tidd-bass, Paul Cornish-piano, Sean Rickman-drums. Screen Shot 2017-02-01 at 12.48.42 AM

Elements Of One: Cuba, USA, Senegal, India, France 1995 – 1999

This movie documents the cultural connection of Africa to the Americas, Asia and Europe. This covers interactions, deep studies, interviews, performance clips, rehearsals and more under the direction of alto saxophonist Steve Coleman from 1995 – 1999. Screen Shot 2017-02-01 at 1.18.31 AMThe journey extends from Egypt, Cuba, Senegal, India and France. As many artists explore the roots and history of creative culture, Elements of One is unparalleled as well as unprecedented.

Gene Lake & The Rick: Exchanging Ideas & Concepts

This is a look into the world of Gene Lake. Gene has worked with r&b group Surface, Me’shell NdegeOcello, Maxwell, and D’Angelo in the 1990’s. Gene has also worked with Steve Coleman, Henry Threadgill, Joe Zawinul, Marcus Miller, Opus Akoben, Screaming Headless Torsos, David Sanborn, and presently Boz Scaggs.
2016-04-06 18.15.58I’ve known Gene for over 20 years and I’ve been a big fan of his since the beginning. I recently visited Gene in his home studio in the suburbs of Montclair, New Jersey outside of New York City. Considering Gene has recommended me for many of the artists mentioned, he is a wonderful player, songwriter and producer whom offers inspiration like no other which contributed to me professionally upon his much appreciated repeated referrals. This video is more of a drum hang. We played alongside each other on his wonderful Pearl Reference Pure kits exchanging ideas based off drum chants I launched into. Check out Gene’s loose, powerful, accurate and laid back style!