Richard Bliwas

NYC Jazz Record December 2013 review of Nine. "Extremely Musical…"

Insomnia, a duo recording released in September 2015 with multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter is available for Download on BandCamp here: Link to Insomnia

Nine EMusic Jazz Pick! Fearless expression. Inventive and strange." Dave Sumner/EMusic

Time Out New York June 29th Brecht Forum listing

The virtuoso pianist has been compared to Brian Wilson, Miles Davis, The Beatles, and Sun Ra-- but as All About Jazz said in its review of Rising Rose Records 2004 release Ghost
His writing is unmistakably original ….

Carob Tempered Variations. solo piano improvisations recorded in April,1998 at Sound On Sound in NYC was released in July 2013 and is currently available as a digital download on BandCamp, I-Tunes and elsewhere! . These previously unreleased recordings from the Compose Yourself sessions were long overdue.

Water E. Bee and The Haunted Rag Band another suite of previously unreleased recordings from 1982 is also now available for download on BandCamp.

Nine ( Dec. 2012) is an utterly unique collection of euphonic recipes, conjuring past and future stories with a mercurial texture and a melodic narrative. It's a masterful trio recording featuring the prolific musician, producer and film composer Bruce Ditmas on Drums plus Daniel Carter and Ned Goold each sitting in for their second Rising Rose session on Tenor.

NYC Jazz Record review of Nine

Nine EMusic Jazz Pick! Fearless expression. Inventive and strange." Dave Sumner/EMusic

Music and More review

Downtown Music Gallery Review of Nine

Rising Rose Bakery (2011) is a tripped out exploration of improvisational psychadelic composition. Pop sensibility. Jazz essence. A lucid incarnation. Multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter joins a select group of original musicians who have recorded on Rising Rose Records. His collaboration is instantly karmic and ignites the ensemble engine of this fluidly structured recording.

Astral Prints (2010) and Uncovered ( 2009 ) , reflect the dissolving boundaries between jazz and other forms of music, Richard's soulful improvisations, mystical tunes and transformative psychedelic production create a poetic spellbinding musical symposium, summoning synesthetic spirits in these mellifluous inventive recordings.

Astral Prints reached number 10 on WNYU's 5/10/10 chart,as well as # 1 on CJSW , #6 on CHRW and #6 on the 6/22/10 CFRU Jazz chart. Uncovered charted at #4 on CFRU , # 15 on WNYU , # 9 on CJLY , # 22 on CFRE, # 5 KEUL and # 3 on CJSW

Downtown Music Gallery says in it's reviews of Uncovered (Rising Rose 2009) and Astral Prints (Rising Rose 2010) "Richard is in a class of his own.../ would be world famous in a better balanced universe".

Richard made his national television debut in 2008 appearing as the pianist on Paula's Party (episode IPO406) featuring Susan Lucci, Suzie Orman and Ru-Paul This episode was first broadcast during a Lunar Eclipse !-- He also appeared on Paula's Party episode IPO407) featuring Cameron Mathison , Leanne Morgan , Daisy Fuentes and her lovely sister Rosanna, improvising another ready-made sound track for The Food Network

His lyrics have been described as profound, cryptic, silly, perceptive and poetic.

and In 1989 Richard worked as principle editor of Cynthia Kadohata's acclaimed first novel --The Floating World (Viking 1989) - a New York Times notable book of the year
Richard also worked as editorial consultant on The Thing About Luck,(2013 National Book Award Young Readers Winner)written by Cynthia Kadohata and published by Atheneum/Simon & Schuster in June 2013.

Link to Richard's Blog BliBlog

Shredding Paper said in it’s review of Walk the Bike “ Bliwas walks the line between jazz and folkrock with confidence…producing a dialectic sound that compliments rather than conflicts.

Was Is ---an album that Jazz Improv Magazine says has the feeling of stretching time and space in an infinite universe of floating musical galaxies, morphing textures and articulated with dynamic clarity was released in May 2008 and played at many great radio stations like WFMU , WNYU and CMAT reached number 1 ( hooray !!! ) at CFRU reviewed by Never Ending Wonder radio , DMG newsletter and Jazz Improv Magazine

An encouraging suggestion from the great jazz artist Paul Bley, led Richard to record his first CD's -- Compose Yourself -- solo, duo and trio improvisations --which recording engineer David Baker called great musicians, recording and performance." and Cadence Magazine called "engrossing and creative, seamless music..." and the painterly production of songs and improvisations from another single afternoon stream of consciousness session, Walk the Bike which Downtown Music Gallery called timeless and exquisite, an album which could have been made in the late 60's if they didn't know better.

Walk the Bike which reached # 1 at CFRC an enlightened college station (Canada's oldest ) in June 2003, was played --- on dozens of other public and college stations including Stanford's KZSU, and praised in reviews from Music Dish, Shredding Paper, All About Jazz (Italy),The Big Takeover etc..

Ghost , released in Sept. 2004, called Richard's most ambitious work by All About Jazz, reunites his early 80's trio with Brazilian great Valtinho Anastacio. Within a few weeks of it's release it climbed on to a dozen or so college and public radio top 10's including # 4 at KTUH in Hawaii ,# 3 at WAIH Potsdam, NY 90.3 FM #5 at KEUL 10/23/04, and # 3 at WMHB Waterville, ME 89.7 FM

Ghost appeared on many playlists like WBRS Brandeis and Stanford's KZSU Zookeeper . It was also praised in reviews from Cadence Magazine , All About Jazz , and All About Jazz (Italy).

"Richard has great sense of humor ...:an
All About Jazz writer proclaimed after discovering a hidden track on Ghost. Rising Rose 2004).

Olivia , from Ghost (Rising Rose Records 2004) featured on the All About Jazz Site and reached # 1 on friday october 13th on the All About Jazz (Italy ) top recent downloads where it stayed for a couple weeks

Haunted Rag, also from Ghost(2004) was used in the PBS series Roadtrip Nation 2007.

Yarrow Stalk Bridge, an introspective solo session was recorded in a single afternoon at Walter Sear's Sear Sound in 2005 and followed in Ghosts' footsteps , with reviews from All About Jazz Italy , Downtown Music Gallery among others , and more college radio play like WNCW and top ten on a growing number of insightful stations like CKXU.
DMJ (who listed Walk the Bike in their top recommendations for 2005) states in it's July 1st 2005 newsletter which reviews Yarrow Stalk Bridge . "Richard is a truly gifted piano player and songwriter who should not go unnoticed for very long. "

Richard's early 80's groups like AMS/Water E. Bee... with David Budway and Ned Goold were infusing the influences of Miles Davis , Brian Eno , Syd Barrett and The Beatles , into intimate innovative recordings-- and performances at the Kool Jazz festival , smokey old Pittsburgh jazz clubs where Benson and Eckstine played a few generations earlier or rock/punk clubs like The Electric Banana. The music however, freely crossed genre lines, foreshadowing alternative and contemporary styles. Electric Banana Theme, from the Water E. Bee collection is a rare live recording from The Electric Banana.

. 1982-2000 New York City and surrounding…
During this time Richard played stylistically diverse music for a variety of venues and circumstances , providing organic entertainment for listening and dancing at clubs, special events, parties and concerts.

Partial list of venues:
Birdland, The Knitting Factory, The Food Network, The Plaza , The UN, 21 Club, Angry Squire, The Cat Club, Burgundy, Chelsea Place, CBGB, NY Public Library, Kool Jazz Festival, The All Star Café for Jim Palmer’s children’s charity (performing alongside Bruce Hornsby), N.E.A. party for Kitty Carlisle Hart , Lincoln Center (NDI performance as a pianist for Jacques d'Amboise and Ann Reinking) , Gramercy Park Hotel, Metropolitan Museum, Metropolitan Club, Mondo Cane Blues Bar, Scrambles , Burgundy , Crystal Pavilion concert series, Chelsea Place, La Maganette, Roma de Note , Jimmy Weston’s , Waldorf Astoria, Grand Hyatt, Doral Court , The Water Club , Tavern on the Green, Brooklyn and Bronx Botanical Garden’s etc..

Cadence Magazine said in it’s review of Compose Yourself “ Bliwas transforms intricate phrases into seamless music

Link to Flicker Photo page


Some Links to playlists , charts and reviews :

Nine,is 26 on the December, 2013 CFUR top 30 Chart!

Oct 25th 2013 WMHB Playlist featuring Hidden Track (next to last on list) although the title is hidden - it was Yoga from Walk the Bike

November 25th,2013 KSDS progressive monday playlist featuring Must to Crust from Nine!

December 29th 2013 Taint Radio playlist featuring Sleeping Bell from Carob Tempered Variations

Witch Track from Carob Tempered Variations was featured in this midnight Taint Radio playlist from 9/29/2013

September 8th, 2013 CKUT/ Free Kick Playlist featuring Lost Track from Uncovered!

WRIR May 5th Sunday Morning Jazz Show playlist featuring Cat in the Baguette from Nine.

August 1st 2012 KRNN Soundings playlist ending with Correctly Spelt from Nine!

May 28th WMSE playlist featuring THREE tunes from Nine !!!

WERW playlist closing with Cat in the Baguette from Nine!

WRIR Sunday Morning Jazz Show Playlist featuring Cat In The Baguette from Nine

May 5th WRUV Playlist featuring The Unseen from Nine!!

Strange Dream from Yarrow Stalk Bridge(2005) was featured on May this 5th TaintTown Radio Playlist!

May 8th KUCI playlist featuring a tune from Nine! (Scroll Down )

Nine is Seven on May 14th CFMH Jazz Chart!

Nine is 9 on CFMH's April 30th 2013 Jazz Chart!

Lost Track from Uncovered (Rising Rose 2009) was featured on this April 27th WTUL New Orleans Playlist!

The Stirring AND Starch from Nine were featured on this very cool WUSB Purple Starlight Playlist from April 22nd 2013

April, 6th WUSB No Apologies playlist featuring Cat in the Baguette from Nine!

April 19th 2013 WSCS playlist featuring my version of Carol King's Up On The Roof from Uncovered (Rising Rose Record 2009)

April 13th 2013 Taintradio playlist featuring Correctly Spelt from Nine

The Unseen from Nine was featured on TaintRadio's 3/30/13 playlist

Nine is 5 on the Late March 2013 CFBX Jazz Chart !

Nine is 7 on the 3.19.13 CFBX Jazz Chart

Heather's Green and Cat in the Baguette from Nine were featured on WUSB's 3.24.14 Purple Starlight playlist!

Wheat Genie from Nine was featured on this KUGS playlist from March 3/4/13

WUSB playlist from 3.14.13 featuring Cat In The Baguette from Nine

Correctly Spelt from Nine featured on WNHU's Straight Out playlist from Feb. 7th

Nine is 3 on this WXYC Jazz chart ( and 35 overall!)

Feb.5th CKUT Jazz Chart

Feb.5th CHRW Jazz Chart

WRIR playlist featuring Cat In The Baguette

Wheat Genie from Nine ends the second set of this wxyc playlist from Feb 5th 2013

Heather's Green from Nine on this 2/3/13 wxyc playlist (all the way at the end between Yes and Johnny cash)

Cat in the Baguette from Nine was featured on CJSW"S 1/30/13 Morning After playlist

Nine is number 5 on the 1/29/2013 CHRW Jazz Chart!

1/28/2013 WUSB purple starlight playlist featuring two tracks from Nine!

1/26/2013 Taint Town Live playlist featuring The Unseen from Nine

1/20 WXYC playlist featuring The Stirring from Nine!

Thyme from Nine ends the 3rd set of WXYC's 1/26 playlist!

1/11/13 playlist from WRUW featuring The Unseen from Nine!

Nine is number 8 on CJSW's Jan. 22nd Jazz chart!

Nine is number 9 on this WXYC Jazz chart and number 80 overall!

The Stirring from Nine was featured in WXYC's 1.19.13 playlist!

Starch from Nine was featured on WKCR"S Jazz alternatives playlist

Cat in the Baguette was featured

wusb's purple starlight playlist featuring 3 tunes from Nine

Wheat Genie from Nine featured in the first set

The Stirring spinning on WXYC 1/15/2013 playlist

The Stirring from Nine was featured on KBCS's Straight No Chaser Playlist

The Stirring from Nine was featured in the second set of this 1.8.13 playlist from WXYC

Heather's Green from Nine was featured in the 3rd set of this 1.9.13 WXYC playlist

Cool review of Walk the Bike ( In Russian ! )

Review of Uncovered by Jazz Quad (Russian)

Rising Rose Bakery reviewed by Jazz Quad(Russian)

Correctly Spelt from Nine featured on wusb's 1/12/13 No Apologies playlist !

Heather's Green from Nine featured at the start of the last set on this 1/11/13 playlist from wxyc

Cool WUSB Stony Brook playlist from Jan 4th 2013, featuring Nine

1/27/2013 Taint Town Radio show featuring Cat in the Baguette from Nine!

Wheat Genie from Nine featured in the 5th set ( starts with peggy lee ) of this taintradio (JazzWeek Internet Station of the Year 2011!!) playlist !

Taintradio playlist from Jan 6th 2013 featuring Cat in the Baguette from Nine

Cat in the Baguette from Nine featured at 1 08pm earlier today on WERU's A Voice of Many Voices Playlist !

Cat in the Baguette from Nine featured at 12:47 Dec. 19th WERU Playlist !

CKUT 12/12/12 Deep Three's playlist featuring Unseen from Nine at the start of the 2nd hour!

December 9th,2012 CKUT FreeKick Playlist featuring Little Boxes from Uncovered

Nine EMusic Jazz Pick !

Music and More review

Downtown Music Gallery Review of Nine

Deep Three's Oct.31st,2012 Playlist
featuring Strange Dream Soundtrack from Rising Rose Bakery

Cool July 31st 2012 playlist featuring I Used To Wonder from Rising Rose Bakery

April 12,2012 WTUL New Orleans Playlist featuring Instant Karma from Rising Rose Bakery

2/13/2012 WTUL playlist

July 1st 2012 WXYC Breakpoint Playlist

9/04/2011 WTUL Playlist

8/2011 KZSC Playlist

WCBN Chicken Soup for the Vegetarian Soul 9/5/2011 playlist

CHRW 5/17/2011 Jazz Chart

WWUH Sept 4th Set 4 – When Monkeys Meet Typewriters Playlist

6/13/2011 android radio playlist

CIUT Music Library ( july 28th 2011)

5/4/2011 WCBN Playlist

Friday May 13th 2011 CFBX Do not touch this Amp Playlist (bottom show )

WTUL New Orleans 4/26/2011 Playlist

CJSW In Support of Record Day Playlist 4/12/2011

WNYU best of 2010 ( Astral Prints is 70)

4/14/2011 WTUL playlist

CHRW 4/19/2011 Jazz Chart

CHRW 4/12/2011 Jazz Chart

4/10/2011 WCBN Playlist

3/22/2011 CRFU Jazz Chart

CJSW 3/15/2011 Jazz Chart

2/28/2011 Breaking the Tethers Playlist

7/21/2010 WMFO playlist

WTUL Miscellaneous Ramblings 9/02/2010 playlist

cfbx, don't touch that amp oct. 1st 2010 playlist

KXCI 4/10 tempest broog playlist

WCBN Oct 2010 That Witch is Groovy playlist

Deep Three's 7/21/2010 Truth , Justice and Freeform Radio playlist # 13

all about jazz italia review

8/18/10 penn state avante-garde playlist

Astral Prints reviews by Downtown Music Gallery

Astral Prints number 10 on 5/10/10 WNYU Chart

6/22/10 CFRU Jazz Chart/ Astral Prints is 6

6/18/10 WTUL Playlist

7/14/10 Deep Three's Radio Playlist

That Witch is Groovy Playlist

WMFO 7/21/10 playlist

6/29/10 KUNM playlist

6/22/2010 wcbn playlist

6/23/2010 wcbn playlist

CIUT Library

Astral Prints is #6 on the CHRW June 1st chart

Astral Prints # 1 on CJSW Experimental Chart

New Classic Playlist

Breaking the Teathers 5/24/10 playlist

Astral Prints is # 24 on the 5/17/10 WNYU Chart.

Astral Prints is # 3 on this 6/15/10 Experimental Chart

WNYU 5/5/10 playlist

WNYU 5/4/10 playlist

WXYC 4/28/10 playlist

KUNM 5/5/10 playlist

5/10/10 Breaking the Tethers playlist

CIYL Top 30 ( 7/7/09) #9

CJSW 7/14/09 experimental chart# 3

KZSC (2/10/10 playlist)

radio canada musiques diffusees playlist

11/09 KCBX (audioscapes) chart

food network performance credit

WNYU playlist 2008

KBGA playlist

another KBGA playlist

KSJD playlist

92.5 The X "do not touch this amp"playlist

another WNYU playlist 2008

CFBX jazz Notes Playlist (9/02/09)

stanford zookeeper playlist

CFBX playlist (scroll to bottom )

wvof 7/22/09 playlist

wxyc playlist (9/22/09)

WUNH playlist

WUNH 2009 playlist # 2

yarrow stalk bridge (italia review)

wfmu playlist

another wfmu playlist

cfbx the swing of things playlist (8.24.09)

wobc playlist

9/22/09 wxyc playlist

9/29/09 wcbn listing

wbrs playlist

hit session review

wunh (08) playlist

walk the bike review

death valley playlist

CMAT Playlist

ghost review

wbrs fresh tracks playlist

different wbrs playlist

yarrow stalk bridge review

kzsu playlist

another kzsu playlist

more kzsu playlist

1 more kzsu playlist

CFRU chart ( #1)

WNYU June 8th chart

!earshot : charts : CFRU 93.3 MHz - Guelph ON : 2/06/2009 ( # 4 )

DMG Newsletter May 8th, 2009

wusr playlist

rolling stone listing

jazz times listing

NeverEndingWonder: Richard Bliwas - Uncovered

WNYU New Afternoon Show 6/1/2009 Playlist

7/21/09 Breaking the Tethers Playlist

Accordion Noir Radio

KEUL playlist

WNYU New Afternoon Show 6/5/2009 Playlist

Jazz Improv Review ( page 50)

CKUT may 23rd playlist

cjsw chart # (7) experimental

WBRS American Pop Songbook Playlist

allaboutjazz italy /reviews

allaboutjazz review of ghost

KZSU playlist

WFMU playlist

WXYC playlist

WXYC breakpoint playlist

KBGA playlist (2)

another WFMU playlist

was is review

wbrs jazz cafeteria playlist

ckku chart sept 2005 ( yarrow stalk bridge @ 3 )

Jazz Excursion playlist

1 of many ghost charts at CFRC and elswhere( the internet is so fickle )

cfrc chart ( Compose Yourself ten improvisations on a chart )

music dish review's wtb

08 death valley playlist

another cool death valley playlist

WCLV playlist


ktuh hawaii !!!

cfou playlist

WWSP spinlist (6/28/09) (multiple formats)

june 28th dv playlist

outside edge playlist

WWSP Jazzweek playlist

wruw playlist

wcbn play

kunm playlist 6/17/09

Paula's Song on KUNM!

DMG review of Was Is (may 23rd 2008)

downtown music gallery review (walk the bike,compose yourself,and ghost)

DMG best of 2005 (scroll down to rock/roots/psych/vocal recommendations for 2005

wruw playlist

MySpace page link

Link to Flickr Photos

rising rose bakery page

Walk the Bike Bio's

Ben Allison

The Bassist was named "One of the 25 rising jazz stars" by Downbeat Magazine, "Ben has one of the most original voices in modern jazz." (CD now) He is the founding member of the Jazz Composers Collective, a musician run organization based in New York. His album Third Eye was included in the top ten jazz CD's of 1999 by The New York Times, Boston Globe as well as several other publications. He has extensive credits performing in film, radio, and television. He has recorded extensively with top jazz musicians, and has worked with Richard since their 1997 gig with David Budway and Scott Cutchall at the Knitting Factory.
David Tronzo

A modernist, David is a devotee of the bottleneck slide guitar. He has worked on projects ranging from Spanish Fly for the San Francisco ballet to Robert Altman's film Short Cuts. Jazziz magazine has hailed him as, "The new hero of the slide guitar," and The New York Press named him "Best Guitar Player of the Year." New Yorker Magazine said of Tronzo "On a bad night, he sounds like Charlie Parker mixed with Jimi Hendrix. On a good night, he has to be seen to be believed," and Music Magazine named him "one of the 100 greatest guitar players of the 20th century."
Michael Blake

The gifted Saxophonist and composer is celebrating the release of his second CD Drift. His ensemble Free Association was awarded the Doris Duke Jazz Ensemble's Project Grant from Chamber Music America. Michael's lyrical work with John Lurie and the Lounge Lizards includes numerous recording dates, live concerts and soundtracks. His first gig in New York, back in 1987, was with Richard.
Rika Nakaya

A visual artist, Rika moved to New York in 1989 from Japan, where she received her Masters Degree from NYU, in 1991. Most of her recent works are 3 dimensional. Her work has been shown at ABC No Rio, PS122 Gallery, Art in General, Delta Axis, and others. She also has worked as art director in film and theater productions. Walk the Bike, her second CD design, includes a rich 32-page booklet, designed from a collection of Richard's photographs and letters. This lyrical booklet is interwoven with the tracks on the album and is included with the CD. Since Rika's known Richard from the beginning of her life in New York, she is very happy to be part of the production.
Also appearing on Walk the Bike are percussionists Jamey Haddad and Renato Brasa, Joey"Sonny" Barbato on accordion,Ben Sher playing acoustic guitar on Yoga and cellist Tish Edens.