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On his critically acclaimed 2007 recording Blues Twilight, Richard Boulger included in his liner notes a quote from his teacher and longtime friend, the legendary Freddie Hubbard, who called the project by the renowned trumpeter and flugelhorn player “truly inspirational.” Hubbard passed away late in 2008, but there’s no doubt he would use the same words to describe his protégée’s latest collection. While the jazz electronica, old school funk and world music fusion Boulger creates with keyboardist Dario Boente marks a shift from his hard bop leanings of the past, Boulger pays homage even more directly to Hubbard, using a phone message from the trumpet great as the intro to the opening title track. Hubbard’s words say it all: “Things are Lookin Up.”
While the songs of Lookin Up are designed to inspire listeners to think about our individual roles in creating global harmony, Lookin Up also includes a batch of songs that can be enjoyed as joyous groove or soulful chillout experiences. In addition to Boente, Lookin Up features the work of some of NYC’s finest jazz musicians, including vocalists Frances Mbappe and Brent Carter, bassists Gene Perez and Gary Foote, and Victor Jones and Luisito Quintero on drums and percussion.
An active part of the scene in his adopted hometown of NYC, Boulger brings a diverse, colorful history to his third and latest venture. The multi-talented performer has recorded with R&B singer Joe, done numerous performances and recordings as part of drummer Victor Jones’ Cultureversey, as well as a range of jazz luminaries, including John Hicks and Randy Brecker. Boulger also spent two years touring with Gregg Allman, featured on The Allman Brothers Band’s double DVD set Live at the Beacon Theatre.
After coming off the road with the Greg Allman Band, Boulger began his new role as an active clinician/educator. Teaming with a prominent NY area arts organization, he worked on and off at 25 inner city schools eventually dedicating himself to Brownsville, Brooklyn's PS 178, helping the students get instruments for the first time via a VH1 Save the Music Grant.
Boulger is also looking forward to doing live performances of the music on Lookin Up. “I want to get out and promote this project and create a new musical reality for myself and the fans” he says. “There’s nothing more exciting than playing live and seeing people having a wonderful time and being inspired.”