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Starting to play bass at the age of 18, Richard met and played with several progressive rock and Jazz rock musicians during many years in the Montreal (Canada) area. He participated to hundreads of studio recording sessions, had some articles written about his bass playing and melodic/composition approach in the Guitar Player Magazine (January 1986) and Canadian Musician (1990) to name a few.

Richard played on the first and second album of the Prog band MYSTERY , founder of the Jazz-Rock band named SOJOURN in 1990, produced their first album, he toured in France in summer 1991 and 1993. Richard also composed music for television as well as being an music arranger for several singers.

On his latest work "Mood Swings", Richard demonstrates his strong composing approach and certainly creates many kind of moods which will not let any Prog and Prog/jazz fans indiferent at all.

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 Mood Swings by ADDISON PROJECT album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.56 | 15 ratings

Mood Swings
Addison Project Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

3 stars Richard Addison is a bassist who first became known through his work with Mystery, so it is probably of little surprise that this album has been released through Michel St-Père's label, and that Michel is one of the musicians to feature on the album. This is an instrumental jazz album, and as the title suggests is designed to capture different types of moods. Richard may be a bassist but he has brought the musicians together as a whole, not as a place for his own instrument to shine. Take opener "Sleepwalker" ? the sax and keyboards combine together to provide something that is complex yet laid back at the same time. This can be contrasted against the sax-led "The Muffin" which in its' opening sequence has some extremely dynamic and rhythmic bass, but all in the background.

This is music that works well both when being listened to intently, but also as a background to create a feeling. It is not New Age, and there are some extremely dramatic pieces on here, but the title really does the album justice. There is some great musicianship, and any fan of jazz or prog will get something out of this. For more details on this and other albums go to the label site at

 Mood Swings by ADDISON PROJECT album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.56 | 15 ratings

Mood Swings
Addison Project Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by silentman

4 stars Excellent addition to any prog rock collection. A mixture between fusion and prog-rock. And (at last) a fresh one. Whenever is it funky Montée de Lait or moody Controlled Freedom this album stays interesting and exciting. Recommended to any listener bored by today's "cheesy" prog-rock scene.
 Mood Swings by ADDISON PROJECT album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.56 | 15 ratings

Mood Swings
Addison Project Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Greger
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Former MYSTERY bass guitar player Richard Addison has released his first CD with his new band ADDISON PROJECT. This album and its music is in my ears far better than anything MYSTERY ever recorded, and I didn't think that MYSTERY weren't good; it's just that I like this kind of music even more. What kind of music is it then? It could be described as experimental jazz-fusion blended with progressive rock. Besides bass the band contains two drummers, three guitarists, two sax players, one violin player and two piano and synth players. "Mood Swings" is an appropriate title of the album as it contains many different moods. From freaked out progressive jazz tunes to the closing and very beautiful "Controlled Freedom", a track that contains some parts that reminds me of VANGELIS' "Memories of Green" from the Blade Runner Soundtrack. I really liked this album and I would also like to take the opportunity to recommend the band SPACED-OUT from the same label as ADDISON PROJECT.
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