CD Review: Richie Goods & Nuclear Fusion "Three Rivers"

Veteran New York doubler and Chris Botti Band mainstay Richie Goods taps into the power of ’70s jazz-rock and his Pittsburgh roots for his spirited debut studio album.
By Chris Jisi ,

Veteran New York doubler and Chris Botti Band mainstay Richie Goods taps into the power of ’70s jazz-rock and his Pittsburgh roots for his spirited debut studio album. “Soul Glow” sets the plucky parameters with a metal–funk merge, followed by the unison-riffing title track. “Four Kings” (featuring Botti) and a wellchosen cover of the Bill Withers ballad “Hope She’ll Be Happier” up the melodic quotient, while Tears For Fears’ “Shout”—radically recast as a boogie burner—and the dark, exploratory “Epic” also stand out. An added plus: the fierce drumming of Billy Kilson throughout.