Freedom of Movement: 21st Century Trumpet Concertos is Rex Richardson’s ninth album under his own name. This is Rex’s most ambitious project to date, showcasing four remarkable compositions by renowned figures in the world of brass music: Anthony Plog, Andy Scott, James Stephenson and Allen Vizzutti.
These genre-bending works represent the future of the trumpet as a solo instrument, pushing boundaries in terms of technical demands, expressive capabilities and the use of improvisation.
Recorded in four cities on three continents, featuring the Brass Band of Central Florida, Symphonic Winds Tokyo, England’s Maidstone Wind Symphony, and Arizona’s Salt River Brass, this album presented formidable logistical challenges. It was made possible through great generosity and ingenious work on the part of the composers, conductors, engineers and producers (with special thanks to Neil Brown, Jonathan Crowhurst, Yoshiaki Ito, Gareth Pritchard, Patrick Sheridan, Chad Shoopman, James Stephenson, and Satoshi Takagaki), as well as substantial funding from Virginia Commonwealth University and the support of over 130 donors through GoFundMe.com.
Rex sends his heartfelt thanks to the GoFundMe supporters, without which this album would have been impossible to create!
"Rex Richardson is more than a great trumpeter and composer who mixes classical technique and jazz vocabulary with a virtuoso's aplomb. He is an artist whose playing demands to be listened to, and his recordings have exploded the boundaries of what is possible."
- Christopher Martin , Principal Trumpet, New York Philharmonic
"Amazing. Inspiring. These albums are full of surprises, delightful musical adventures. Rex Richardson’s incredible stylistic diversity, intense musicality and fiery technique are second to none.”
- Allen Vizzutti, International Trumpet Soloist and