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Rick Cutler: Bio

Rick has been playing drums since the age of 5 1/2 & keyboards since his teens. He studied both at the Julliard School as well as with jazz great Chick Corea. He has performed in many Broadway shows including Hair, The Wiz, Candide, They're Playing Our Song, Woman of the Year & Seesaw. He has written much music for TV, Film & Radio. Some of his work in this field include the Emmy-nominated theme for Dateline NBC, Later Today on NBC, the theme for the New York Yankees on MSG Cable & the Outlaws & Lawmen mini-series on the Discovery channel. For 18 years, he served as keyboardist & musical director for tap dance legend Gregory Hines. His composition, "Boom" was choreographed by Mr. Hines & performed at the nationally televised Gala For The President with President & Mrs. Clinton in attendance. He was also the composer of all of the original music for
The Gregory Hines Show on CBS. He was one of the original percussionists for Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" which was written & performed for the opening of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He performs on the original recording of that piece with
Mr. Bernstein conducting. For 8 years he toured the world as 1st keyboardist & then drummer (&, on a few occasisons, conductor) for Liza Minnelli. He performed in her Tony-winning Broadway show, "Liza's At The Palace" as well as on the Grammy-nominated cast recording. He has also played on countless TV & Radio commercials & themes. Some of the artists
he has performed & recorded with include Michael Franks, Noel Pointer, Stevie Van Zandt, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Don Rickles, Billy Eckstine, Gloria Gaynor, Rodney Dangerfield, Regis Philbin, Donna Summer, Pete Seeger, Larry Coryell, Jon Lucien, Johnny Hartman, Savion Glover, Perry Farrell (of Jane's Addiction), Richie Stotts (of the Plasmatics), Charles Aznavour
& the NY Philharmonic Brass Quintet. His 1st CD release, Sanctuaries, received praise from musicians such as Mike Garson (former keyboardist for David Bowie) & Mark Soskin (pianist for Sonny Rollins). His sophmore effort, First Melancholy, Then
The Night Stretch, was released in 2011 & his 3rd & 4th CDs (From The Silence & Daydreams (Probably) were released in 2013
& 2017 respectively & received airplay on over 115 radio stations worldwide as well as garnering many great reviews, in print & online. He was interviewed by the Huffington Post in 2017 towards promoting the Daydreams (Probably) CD. Upcoming projects include releasing 2 CDs of original music, one in 2020 & one in 2021, a CD of children's music accompanying poetry & co-writing the score to a film about the life of writer Elmore Leonard.

1 The Blues Matters 6:20  
2 Etude 2:13  
3 A Day's Work 3:12  
4 One For Ed 5:01  
5 Green 4:14  
6 Time 6:49  
7 Paris After Midnight 5: 52  
8 Hymn #4 2:45  
9 Japanese Mist 3:46  
10 Dee Too 7:01  
11 Trance 1:44  
12 Women & Children 9:42  
Rick 'Machine' Cutler Grooving

Women & Children is Rick Cutler's fifth album. The album, which he produced, expands on his previous work by including ensembles of different sizes, from solo to quintet. Women & Children is rich with jazz, classical as well as folk influences.

All of the pieces are written by Cutler with the exception of Time, written by Tom Waits. His process, for the most part, is to write a piece without any thought as to who or what inspiration is involved. When it's finished, he'll play it a few times and try to get an idea for a title. It usually comes from either what thoughts or feelings come to mind or something regarding the mood or form of the piece.

Cutler plays drums on One For Ed, Dee Too and Paris After Midnight. On these, he has Mark Soskin on piano who was Sonny Rollins' pianist for decades.