''The Virtuoso is a fantastic instrument. I have been waiting 35 years to be able to say that about a new saxophone. I take it on tour and use it to record in the studio. The overtone series is perfect and the sound is beautiful.''
Wearing numerous hats and having a deep résumé with plenty of famous names on it is par for the course for top-notch pickup and session musicians. Saxophonist Tim Ries went one better by cultivating a healthy solo career through a series of well-regarded solo albums, respected compositions and arrangements, and a sound Rolling Stone legend Keith Richards described as "amazing."
Ries has done session work for plenty of pop/rock acts by this time (Donald Fagen, Paul Simon, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Wonder, David Lee Roth, Lyle Lovett, Incognito, Blood Sweat & Tears and many others), but in 1999 he got his biggest offer yet. While performing for President Clinton at the White House, the cell phone he forgot to shut off began ringing. It was an offer to tour with the Rolling Stones, an offer Ries immediately accepted.
After an extensive tour with the Stones, Alternate Side from 2001 reintroduced Ries as a solo artist, but a year later he became a founding member of the Prism Saxophone Quartet, whose debut, Real Standard Time, was released by the Innova label.
Another tour with the Stones took up most of his time during 2003-2004 and inspired Ries to write his own jazz arrangements of Mick and Keith's compositions. The results were road-tested on an American tour and then released in 2005 as The Rolling Stones Project on the Concord label. Tim responded to the cd’s success by creating Stones World, The Rolling Stones Project II, which was released by Sunnyside Records in 2008.
Tim Ries has collaborated with such jazz artists as Phil Woods, Tom Harrell, Al Foster, John Patitucci, Dave Liebman, Danilo Perez, Red Garland, Badal Roy, Maria Schneider and Donald Byrd. A Verve release with The Joe Henderson Big Band won a Grammy Award. Constantly on the go, Tim continues to play for crowds around the world and teaches saxophone at the University of Toronto. He frequently travels to other universities, jazz festivals and clinics as a teacher of saxophone, composition and improvisation.
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