Monthly Archives: October 2012

Rik Takes on Vito

So we got invited to play Vito’s this Thursday, and I’m thinking our normal set of original adventurous jazz will be a little too loud there. So what do we do?

Well, I’m not the sort to stand up there and run through the standard Miles Davis and John Coltrane catalog, So I’ve come up with a set of the tunes that made me want to play jazz in the first place. Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman, Kenny Burrell… Tom Waits. Definitely Tom Waits.

Rik Wright Quartet (a.k.a., Fundamental Forces)
Vito’s Restaurant & Lounge, Thursday, Oct 18th, 9PM
927 Ninth Avenue (& Madison) Seattle, Wa 98104
Reservations: or 206-397-4053

And I have to do something different with them, something refreshing. I’m gonna David Lynch the mother. I’m gonna Sparklehorse the place. I’m gonna Weird Nightmare the thing. I’m gonna slap on some delay and play the melodies with some warble, and the progressions with some bite and a tiny bit of distortion and volume swells.

Not your usual background dinner music to be sure.

We all want to be lucid, don’t we?

One of my favorite clubs in Seattle has become Lucid Jazz Lounge in the U-District. It’s just an excellent environment to hear great music. The vibe is always energetic and the drinks are first class. The venue has become a second home for the Zero-G Concerts series that I co-host with Dennis Rea & Jason Goessl. We’ve presented some amazing bands there, and somehow consistently given them a packed house to play to as well.

And so I’m obviously thrilled to have Fundamental Forces perform as part of the Zero-G Concerts at Lucid series. The band has been hitting the stage energized from our recent recording sessions – and I suspect Thursday night’s show is going to be quite a barn burner.

Thu. 10-04-12
Lucid Jazz Lounge
5241 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 402-3042
9 pm, No cover, 21+

Joining us for the second set is Ask the Ages, one of my favorite groups in Seattle, led by fabulous guitarist Brian Heaney. This astounding ensemble features soprano saxophonist Kate Olsen and Steven Bell on vibraphone.

What a double bill!