Reviews from fellow guitarists
Howard Leese / Guitarist for Heart & Paul Rogers
These cuts are “smooth” check out Rich’s intro to “Shadow of your Smile or “My Beloved” ,classy!
Will Ray / The Hellecasters
Rich Severson’s new album is a delight. The vibe ranges from lush Johnny Smith like chord voicings to Howard Roberts type gun slinging jazz flurries. A good time is had by both the musicians and the listener!
Muriel Anderson / Artist
Rich Severson's new CD is a jazz lover's cup of tea. Clean and elegant straight ahead jazz by guys who know their stuff.
Mitch Holder / Studio guitarist / Author
Rich Severson is a guitarist of many accomplishments along with being one of the most highly regarded educators in the country with his highly respected website,GuitarCollege.com.
The Wes Side of Heaven, contains a selection of choice standards as well as the title tune, written by Severson and two originals tunes by bassist Todd Johnson. Listen as Rich and his musical co-horsts journey through refreshing treatments and fine improvisations by Rich, Todd and drummer Gary Newmark. Rich certainly gives tribute to a trio of demi-gods, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Ted Greene. The magic comes as Rich inflects his own style and presence rather than just copying these players’ “licks”. This collection of great melodies is a great reflection of where jazz guitar is going and Rich and his musical comrades have given us a wonderful musical tour. Hopefully we will hear more from this fine trio
Steve Trovato / Artist / Educator / Author
This CD killed me. I never cease to be amazed at how Rich can play so sensitively one minute and blast seamlessly through furious tempos the next. Bravo.
Dale Zdenek / Music Publisher
Rich Severson has really come into his own. This recording is powerful and inspirational. Rich’s playing is as good as any I have ever heard
Jeff Linsky / Artist
I can feel your passion for the music and know you were having fun playing it.
TrueFire guitar website / Guitar Player TV
Once again, Rich Severson dug deep to produce another stellar Guitar College production; The Wes Side of Heaven. This impeccably presented collaboration is a must-have for guitarists across all levels and styles, particularly those with a jones for jazz. Don't even think about this one - pick it up immediately and run to the shed!
Don McDowell / guitarist
Received my Wes Side of Heaven CD and have been playing it since. Recorded beautifully, the Schaefer sounds wonderful, and the tunes inventive and interesting. Imagine, "Four" done as a bossa nova -- Congrats on a well-done CD!
ABOUT RICH SEVERSON
Rich Severson, guitarist, educator, author, college jazz band and worship band director, developer of Guitar College home study program and former GIT instructor. Rich has recorded albums under hiw name and many more as a studio guitarist. Rich toured with the Dick Clark’s Rock and Roll show backing up many, many stars from the 50s from Chuck Berry & Do Diddley
Rich currently plays locally in a variety of band situations including solo guitar, jazz trio and quartets, swing bands, big band orchestra, church worship team and travels throughout the U.S. and Canada instructing and playing at variety of Christian worship conferences, workshops and seminars.
More info on rich at www.guitarcollege.com