rich mix and the posse/rich pulin sextet

rich mix and the posse/rich pulin sextet

BandJazzR&B

Funky-bluesy pop-jazz, tight horns and vocals with a white-boy rap lead voice (think "Tower of Power")

Biography

I analogize life with baseball. It was exciting and also scary to be eighteen and starting out in the major leagues of the band business, with the Tommy Dorsey band under the direction of Warren Covington. That was the "Tea For Two Cha Cha" band and if it wasn't enough for a young kid to be traveling in fast company like that, add the allure of a hit record. And the whole experience was unbelievable!

My guardian angel knew that I was in over my head, though, and sent me Mary Johnston. Mary, a singer in her own right, was traveling with her husband, Lloyd, who was the lead alto player and manager of the band. She sat down next to me on the bus one night and explained that her agent, John O'Connor, also represented Johnny Long's band, which needed a trombonist right away. Warren Covington gave his blessings to leave adding that I was welcome back on the band anytime. I took him up on that offer later on when he needed a trombone player for a weekend gig.

Besides Warren's Dorsey band, I occupied bus seats with a variety of bands, including Tony Pastor, Les and Larry Elgart, The Lee Castle Jimmy Dorsey band, and Woody Herman.

I became a charter member of Clark Terry's Big Bad Band, which was a co-venture that he led with altoist Phil Woods, and trombonist Melba Liston. That band was a collection of all-stars including guys like Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Gene Quill, Randy Brecker, Jimmy Owens, Ron Carter, Grady Tate....you get the idea!

Later I split for Europe, winding up in the Netherlands, and wasn't seen or heard from again for seven years. I married a Dutch lady who just happened to be a recording producer for The Philips-Fonogram Company. Our first co-production was a son who we
named Yasha.

After that I ultimately became a part of the recording scene in Holland and all over Europe participating in hundreds of sessions as a Trombonist, composer/arranger, and producer.

Since my return to the U.S.( L.A.), I’ve appeared with numerous bands and performers, including
Art Pepper, Don Ellis, Ray Charles, and Tito Puente including his Monterey Jazz Festival appearance.

Incidentally..........................................
In addition to being blessed with wonderful, encouraging, and supportive parents, Helen and Hy Pulin, I was also "adopted" by a musician that I believe was tops on his instrument, tenor saxophone, and an icon in the field of jazz.........the inimitable Billy Mitchell.. "B" took me under his wing, and over the next fourty years we became best of friends (I had the honor and pleasure to gig and record with him both stateside and abroad). His input, whether it pertained to music or life was plentiful and was always welcomed. I considered him my mentor and I was honored that he thought of me as his protege.(other Billy Mitchell protege's include Charles McPherson, and Bobby Hutcherson). The Mitchell residence on Yale avenue in Rockville Centre, NY, was always a happy gathering place for musicians and other nice folk. Being "licensed" to "drop" the name Billy Mitchell over the years opened a lot of doors for me. I will always be greatly indebted to him and cherish the memory of both he and his wonderful wife Marge.

Lyrics

"it's not our war"

Written By: richard pulin

"did we learn anything from vietnam or are we making the same mistakes-
sending our kids to foreign shores and creating new heartaches-
so bring them back from iraq
we've got to know right from wrong,i said,
bring them back from iraq
bring them home where they belong-

it's not our war, what are we fighting for
it's not our war, what are we fighting for
it's not our war, what are we fighting for

mass destruction's happening at home right on our streets
homeless folks with rags for clothes-begging for something to eat-kids looking for love, doing drugs and parents that don't have time-stop feeding us lies, let's get wise, shut the door on this crazy war-

it's not our war, what are we fighting for
it's not our war, what are we fighting for
it's not our war, what are we fighting for

remember 9-11, why's bin laden allowed to run free
while the troops are in iraq under attack, it doesn't make sense to me
is it all about our quest for oil and how far we'll go to this extreme-
capture osama, end the drama- shut the door on this crazy war

it's not our war, what are we fighting for
it's not our war, what are we fighting for
it's not our war, what are we fighting for"

"could i love you more"

Written By: richard pulin/kristin brey mcknight

"when i look into your eyes
i see the miles we've traveled
see the smiles we've shared
and the days we've loved

when i look into your soul
i see your love beside me
could i love you more
than i do today

time's suspended
when you hold me in your arms
tranquilize my body
with your magic charm

when i look into your heart
i feel the warmth surround me
comforting my spirit
filling me with peace

when i look into your mind
your precious thoughts engulf me
words cannot describe
how i feel for you

time's suspended
when you hold me in your arms
tranquilize my body
with your magic charm

when i look into your eyes
i see the miles we've traveled
see the smiles we've shared
and the days we've loved

when i look into your soul
i see your love beside me
could i love you more
than i do today

oh no"

"here i am again"

Written By: richard pulin/kristin brey mcknight

"how did you choose the day
when did your heart decide to go
how did we lose our way
say it isn't so
the pain is taking a toll
am i dreaming
an illusion in my soul

here i am again
my soul is aching
here i am again
my heart is breaking
i long to be near you once more
i stare at the door
cause here i am again
yes here i am again

standing once again alone
gathering pieces of my heart
gazing at the telephone
will the sadness part
the pain is taking a toll
am i dreaming
an illusion in my soul

here i am again
my soul is aching
here i am again
my heart is breaking
i long to be near you once more
i stare at the door
cause here i am again
yes here i am again

"listen to him play his horn"

Written By: rich pulin

"i've been playing my horn ever since i was born it's the thing that i love the most, i traveled far and i've traveled wide and i've played from coast to coast....
i've been accused of dabbling in razzmatazz but all i want's to say it and to play it with jazz.

listen to him play his horn, listen to him play his horn

he loves salsa, ho digs funk and soul, he loves the blues, he digs rock and roll.
boogie woogie, he really loves to swing, give him the gospel, but be-bop jazz is his thing.

listen to him play his horn, listen to him play his horn.

i live to play my horn for you it's the number one thing that i love to do, i play it fast and i play it slow, i play it high and i play it low i play it hot and i play it sweet, i knock the dancers right off their feet

listen to him play his horn, listen to him play his horn

he plays it fast, and he plays it slow, he plays it high, and he plays it low.
bossa nova, he does the samba thing, mambo merangue, but be bop jazz is his thing..

listen to hin play his horn, listen to him play his horn"
etc.

nina knew

Written By: richard 'rich' pulin

********no lyrics*******
jazz instrumental

Discography

"it's not our war", "listen to him play his horn"(single)

Set List

"it's not our war", ////'listen to him play his horn","ride of life" "cold train","song is hugh", "stealie dan", "here i am again","nina knew","the message"