Richard Searle (Corduroy, Doc & The Medics)

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He is a bass player whose work defined London’s groovin’ acid-jazz movement of the mid-1980s / early ‘90s, incorporating old-school soul, funk, and disco into bass passages that (literally) moved a generation!

A writer, composer, solo recording artist, session player, and arranger, among other titles; Richard Searle anchored London glam revivalists Doc & The Medics, and acid-jazz masters Corduroy. A cat after my own heart, who draws from late 60s rhythm & blues / soul influences, Searle sears through the changes akin to Jamerson and Jemmott with elastic passages that traverse the barline.

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Among Richard’s high-profile studio credits include Squeeze’s Chris Difford, The Free Stylers, and Soul Hooligan. As a producer he’s guided such indie artists as Smashing Time, Lord Large, and Standing Eight Counts.

In 2018 Corduroy re-united to wax Return of the Fabric Four. Among Richard’s weapons of choice include Danelectro, Fender Jazz, and Rickenbacker basses.

Dig Richard with Lord Large on Paul Weller’s “Left and Right Centre” https://youtu.be/26_hxMw3qaU

Dig Richard with Doc & The Medics on their smash hit rendition of Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit In the Sky” https://youtu.be/VrUoDdS8lBc

Dig the re-united Corduroy “Saturday Club” https://youtu.be/0LcglN-YWhk

Dig Richard on Corduroy’s masterpiece Dad Man Cat waxed in 1992.

“Chowdown” https://youtu.be/_k8KAZKMMVU

“Long Cool & Bubbly” https://youtu.be/QHaLWjKT4Zc

“Frug in G Major” https://youtu.be/QQxG-TAyRgs

“Ponytail” https://youtu.be/YV2I5kusXj4

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