Richard Smith's Thirteen solo recordings have established him as a veteran of the contemporary music world - with critical success on every one of his releases. His albums have garnished praise such as “Best Contemporary Jazz Guitar Album” (Tune Up Magazine), a nomination for “Record of the Year” (Ad Lib Magazine), and “Best New Artist” (Radio & Records Magazine). His album 'SOuLIDIFIED' spent 17 weeks in the top 10 for radio airplay of American contemporary jazz radio (Radio and Records Magazine) and 3 weeks at number 1 in the World for satellite and cable airplay (Music Choice).
His recent recording, “Tangos”, 2014, was in the top 10 of the indie and contemporary jazz charts for over 5 months. “One World, Two Guitars” is an exciting duo project with the virtuoso Sicilian guitarist, Francesco Buzzurro. The duo tours regularly in America and Europe. His 2010 release ‘L.A. CHILLHARMONIC’ features Alex Acuna, Brian Bromberg, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jeff Lorber, Eric Marienthal, Michael Paulo, Greg Adams, and the Tower of Power horn section. The touring ensemble won a nomination for Best International Group of the year from the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards.
“What an exciting player, I predict Smith will become one of the top guitarists of the decade”
- L.A. Jazz Scene
“Smith covers contemporary jazz like a rug”
- Jazz Times
For his fame as a guitarist and his peculiar technique of improvisation on classical guitar, he is invited to the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, as a lecturer in unified seminars for classical and jazz guitars. Thanks to his talents and abilities he performs with some of the "sacred monsters" of international and national jazz such as Toots Thielemans, Diane Schurr, Arturo Sandoval, Peter Erskine, Phil Woods, Joe Bowie, Bob Mintzer, Bill Russo, Vince Mendoza , Frank Foster, Bireli Lagrée, Mickey Howard, Joe Lovano, Joe Pisano, Franck Vignola, Francesco Cafiso.He is now one of the most appreciated and multi-faceted guitarists voted by the famous Jazz Music magazine as one of the most talented in the international scene.