Known to millions as the lead horn player in the Rolling Stones touring band, saxophonist Tim Ries is celebrating the recent release of his newest album, Stones World: The Rolling Stones Project II (2008). A fabulously entertaining jazz set of Jagger-Richards songs, the disc brings to the broader world an incredible mixture of jazz and rock swagger, much as the Rolling Stones themselves have done.
A versatile and thoughtful saxophonist and composer, Ries has collaborated with such jazz artists as Phil Woods, Tom Harrell, Al Foster, John Patitucci, Dave Liebman, Danilo Perez, Badal Roy, Maria Schneider, and Donald Byrd. He also contributed to The Joe Henderson Big Band's Grammy-winning 1996 eponymous release on Verve. Having just returned from a second world tour with the Rolling Stones playing saxophone, keyboard, and organ, his other recording and performance credits include work with such diverse talents as Donald Fagen, Paul Simon, Sheryl Crow, Lyle Lovett, Stevie Wonder, Incognito, Blood Sweat & Tears, Bob Belden, and David Lee Roth.
"I thought what Tim recorded was amazing. The playing is beautiful, too – Tim always has such a beautiful sound."
-Keith Richards, Rolling Stones guitarist
"Among jazz musicians, the saxophonist Tim Ries is known as a singular talent, a player's player."
-The New York Times