Rick Cutler has been a freelance musician in NYC his entire life. From 2005 onward, he’s released 5 CDs of mostly original compositions. The 6th, coming out March 24, is called The Unfolding. It combines influences of jazz, classical, folk, new age & world music. Mark Soskin, former pianist for Sonny Rollins & acclaimed drummer Billy Mintz appear on the aIbum. He has practiced Buddhism for 37 years, and it plays a part in his life & creative process.
Rick studied with the late jazz great Chick Corea and composed music for TV. Rick co-composed the Emmy-nominated theme for Dateline NBC as well all the music for The Gregory Hines Show, a sitcom that aired on CBS in the late ‘90s.
In his formative years, Rick started to play drums at the age of 5 1/2 & was inspired by seeing a band perform at half time in a football game & the drums struck him as something he’d like to pursue. His favorite artists & composers range from Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart, Erik Satie & Stravinsky to jazz artists such as Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter & Herbie Hancock & played a significant role in his own music.
His music is available on iTunes, Amazon and other digital outlets. Upcoming projects include a digital album of electronic music, an album of children’s music accompanying poetry and a documentary about the life of writer Elmore Leonard.
Website URL: humanrick.com
Some of the artists Rick has performed and 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 and the NY Philharmonic Brass Quintet. His first CD release, Sanctuaries, received praise from musicians such as Mike Garson (former keyboardist for David Bowie) and Mark Soskin (pianist for Sonny Rollins). A video for Yar, directed by Spike Lee protege, Lee Davis was also released and can be seen on YouTube.