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Richmond Punch — Finally

June 4, 2018

Violinist Richmond Punch may not register as a c-jazz household name to many c-jazzers, but his new release Finally (actually, his mostly secular debut as he does have a gospel covers CD) is a decent project with a lot of cool and snap.

The album puts forth a great effort to incorporate elements of jazz, gospel (his obvious gospel roots shine through quite plainly in this endeavor), rap, and soul. His skill as a violinist is evident, and his style is rather convincing.

The lead and title track is a popping track that should be a radio single that easily makes it to and up the charts. Subsequent tracks like “Crash,” “Holy War,” “Voyage,” and “Sorry” should further serve to convince you that here is an artist who could be on his way into your library and onto your musical radar. Granted, if rap is not your particular interest (I personally was not overly impressed with the “Superman” tracks, although the two tracks certainly have a lot of sass and swagger), your tendency to tune out here may kick in…until you listen closely to what other grooves he is capable of creating. There is potential here, there is promise here, and there is presence here.

As new artists go, Punch is one you may well remember. Here’s hoping he further cements the c-jazz element into his music. He certainly possesses the ability to do so. – Ronald Jackson