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Richard Lee Wendel Richard Lee's new musical style 'Vibe' is a fusion of this seasoned musical performer's experience playing the full range of musical language including classical, funk, rap, heavy metal, rhythm and blues, trance andgospel. From his tours in the states, including recent appearance at the Bingham Jazz Fest with Pucho and the Latin Soul Brothers, to international tours in Mexico, Canada, Greece, Spain, the UK, Denmark, Norway, Sweden,Finland Germany and Jamaica Richard's musical style is immediately recognized by performers for it's individual sound and his ability to give the jazz trumpet, an instrument not usually adapted to different styles, a new voice. A professional trumpet player since he was 14-years old, when he would cut high school classes to go to college music classes with his older friends, Richard's musical career was shaped and reflects his early indoctrination by a friend at a young age to gospel music. By his early 20's he was playing with drummer, Igancio Berroa and bass player, Marcus McGlaughin. Disography Horn lines for Mick Jagger's 'Sweet Thing', Grant Green Jr.'s 'Introducing G.G.', Pucho and The Latin Soul-Brothers ' The Hideout ' Milo Z ' Live and Bumpin and Sweet and Nasty ' and Scott Brown's 'Flavors.' A short list of venues have included an appearance with Stanley Jordon and Buddy Miles at the Blue Note, shows at Sweet Basil's with The McCoy Tyner Trio, The Cotten Club, Elbow Room, New Music Café, Mondo Perso, and Mondo Cane. Led his 10-piece orchestra at The Bitter End, His band ' Irrational Logic' was the guest house band on, CNNBC's Amcerica's Talking with Bill McCuddy and America After Dark, the Pat Sayjak show, and the Jerry Lewis Telethone. While formal training has given Richard the tools to execute his music, it's the experience of playing with seasoned performers all over the world, the sounds, voices and feeling of locations he has lived in and listened to, that he has fused to create his 'Vibe.' Music is Richard's life and his life is his music. S. Sperber When you listen to Stop Irrational Logic, be prepared to take a trip. The music is packed with so much power and emotion that you are put into a trance, taken to another level. It really makes you feel the positive energy. That is what front man and composer, Richard Lee, strives for. He wants the music to be thought-provoking as well as entertaining. He's played with, Rick Derringer, Donald Fagen, Blues Travelers, Taylor Dayne, McCoy Tyner Trio, Stanley Jordan, Merle Saunders, Buddy Miles, Spin Doctors, DJ Logic, Del Shannon and Tom Jones . Richard has recorded with Mick Jagger 'Sweet Thing', GreenHouse 27 'Greenhouse 27', Cycomotogoat 'Braille', Kenji Hino 'Thinking 'Bout You', Antilife 'Antilife', Milo Z 'Live n Bumpin' and 'Sweet and Nasty', Michael Powers and Richard Lee 'Spirits', Grant Green Jr. 'Introducing G.G.', Pucho and the Latin soul-Brothers 'The Hideout' and Scott Brown 'Flavors'. The list goes on and on. Richard has toured many times through Europe as well as the United States playing to packed houses and standing ovations. The experiences in his life have created the music which flows through his horn and the songs that he writes. Richard is influenced by a diverse group: Chuck Mangione, Miles Davis, Clifford Brown and groups like Phish, The Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd and Massive Attack. Stop Irrational Logic is not just the name of the band but his message to the world . This album is a mix of live as well as studio recordings. Enjoy the ride. S. Goldblatt.