Born in Toronto from Jamaican parents in 1970, Rich Brown lived in Fort Lauderdale (USA) during his adolescence, before returning to Toronto, where he still lives. Influenced by groups such as Weather Report, he started playing bass in 1987 and in the years that followed, became a performing musician. Influences such as Jaco Pastorius, Marcus Miller and Steve Swallow fueled his passion for bass.
After touring around the globe with the band Samdhi led by sax-man Rudresh Mahanthappa, Rich Brown also performed and recorded with some of the finest musicians including David Clayton Thomas (lead singer of Blood, Sweat, & Tears), Steve Coleman, Vernon Reid to name a few.
Convinced that melody is the only thing that makes a strong bass player, Rich Brown stopped listening to bass players for a long time and got into singers, horn players, guitarists and so on. “Everyone expresses emotion differently, once you have figured out how to say what YOU want to say, you're bound to stand out in a sea of bass players as someone who is worth taking note of. That's when the phone starts ringing!”
Now, Rich leads his own band, Rinse The Algorithm, which was nominated for "Electric Group of the Year" three years in a row at the National Jazz Awards and won the Galaxie Rising Star prize in 2010. He has appeared on over 60 recordings ranging from Jazz to Funk passing by Latin, Asian or Arabic music.
His long awaited debut album “Locutions” (2004), has been followed by “Rinse the Algorithm” (2008), “Between Heaviness & Here” (2014) and “Abeng” (2016). The music on Abeng utilizes progressive concepts in rhythm, harmony, and melody but remains dedicated to the groove, and in doing so maintains a level of accessibility that any listener can appreciate without feeling disconnected. For this project, Rich Brown has assembled an all-star cast of Canada’s nest modern jazz musicians.
Rich Brown will be touring with his new project "The Abeng" in Canada and Europe in 2017.
Rich is currently working on a new duo project with Snarky Puppy drummer Larnell Lewis. The project is called "Lewis.Brown" and well be doing shows in and around the Toronto area. A new album and tour from "Lewis.Brown" are currently in the works.
RICH BROWN "The Abeng"
Rich Brown - bass
Luis Gonzalez Deniz - alto saxophone
Kevin Turcotte - trumpet
James Hill - piano
Ian Wright - drums
"This is propulsive jazz with a purpose led by a leading Canadian electric bass man and played by a crew of top Canadian(s). Hot stuff that works throughout." - Chris Spector – The Midwest Record
"Rich Brown, together with the stellar musicians that he has gathered around him, succeeds brilliantly; one feels, in this and other places, that such precision actually helps him to convey the intensity of feeling that lies behind this music." - Raul DaGama – Toronto Music Report
"Rich will truly impress you with his electric bass talent on this October 2015 release… the energy is as furious as you would experience at a windmill farm!" - Dick Metcalf – Improvijazzation Nation
RICH BROWN "The Abeng": 2017 & 2018