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I'm a bassist, songwriter and music journalist.
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The Archive page contains my news posts from the past.
The Articles page contains selected reprints of my published work.
"I didn't know anything about Joni Mitchell; I hadn't even heard her music." - bassist Jaco Pastorius
My in-depth piece explores Jaco and Joni's unique musical relationship, and includes a special contribution from drummer Peter Erskine, who shares his thoughts on playing on the Mingus album.
Read my article on Joni's official site here: JoniMitchell.com
"Most bass players were just playing the roots. With Chris it was like he jumped over the fence and saw it from the other side." - Yes guitarist Steve Howe
I wrote a 2015 cover feature on Yes bassist Chris Squire for Bass Player Magazine shortly after his untimely death. It was drawn from my conversations with Yes members Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman and Alan White, and my own 2013 interview with Chris. Bass luthier Michael Tobias, who worked on Chris' gear, helped me out with some of Squire's gear details.
Read my Bass Player article here: Chris Squire: A Wonderous Journey
"You've got to keep yourself healthy. Spiritually, physically, and in every aspect of life actually, keep your mind clean." - bassist Larry Graham
Although I'd worked in the studio with Larry on his solo album Fired Up years earlier, I didn't have a chance to ask him about his storied career. In 2010 I made up for it and tracked him down for this interview. I also asked Marcus Miller if he'd like to contribute his thoughts about Larry to my article, and he gladly obliged.
Read it on the Bass Musician Magazine site here: Larry Graham: The Godfather Of Funk Bass
"Everybody comes into an album with a bunch of riffs, or even demos of fully written songs, and everybody wants to hear their ideas coming out of those two little pieces of skin in Steven's throat." - Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton
When Aerosmith got together for their last studio album, I called Tom to get the lowdown on the low down. It was a great conversation.
Read my cover story here: Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton: Time Traveler
Bass Player Magazine's 100 Greatest Bass Players
In 2017 I joined a dozen of my fellow BP writers past and present for this ambitious project, and after a few weeks of back-and-forth discussions and debates we came up with the definitive list of the 100 best of all time.
Read the article reprint on the Guitar World website here: The 100 Best Bass Players Of All Time
"Bill is one of the people in my heart all the time when I play." - bassist Eddie Gomez
Years back when Chick Corea announced that he'd be playing a two week tribute to Bill Evans at the Blue Note in NYC with Evans' old trio mates Eddie Gomez and drummer Paul Motian, I reached out to Eddie for a cover story for Bass Musician Magazine. We talked about Bill, Chick and a whole lot more.
Read my article here: Eddie Gomez: Modern Master Of Bass
recent song release:
New single 2019: "Heartbeat Away" by the Santana Twins feat. Shawn Davis (Rick Suchow - Larry Lange)
"What do you expect when you have a song written by veteran songwriters Larry Lange and Rick Suchow, produced by the Santana Twins, and sung by the sensational vocalist Shawn Davis? You get a modern day Freestyle banger... 'Heartbeat Away' is nothing short of an instant classic!!!" - Traxsource
Check out my recent song "Heartbeat Away", co-written with Larry Lange. It was recorded and released by The Santana Twins featuring Shawn Davis for Cutting Records (released 2019).
"Heartbeat Away" reached #15 on Amazon's Top 20 Dance chart. You can watch the lyric video here: "Heartbeat Away" on YouTube
recent production release:
New album 2020: Sol Vibrations: Latin Dance Movements
"Bring on the sunshine with these brand new flavors from Catalonia, France, Brazil, Cuba, Uruguay, Japan, the UK and US... Includes Camille's great version of Stevie Wonder's "As'', Alex Wilson's version of Chaka Khan's "Aint Nobody" as well as the Catalan hit of the summer "La Rumba Me Va" by Antoine Tato Garcia!" - Sounds Of The Universe
You can listen to the entire album here: Sol Vibrations: Latin Dance Movements on YouTube
recent compilation releases:
A few songs I wrote when I was first starting out have been getting re-released on various compilation albums for decades. Check out these four albums recently released by Warner Music Group... I'm proud to have contributed songs to all of them.
2020 release: Tonight I'm Yours: Sexy 70's Pop featuring James Taylor, Rod Stewart, Doobie Brothers, Hall & Oates, Foreigner and others.
2019 release: Post Disco featuring KC & The Sunshine Band, Bette Midler, Marcus Miller, Narada Michael Walden and others.
2018 release: Street Hits 80's featuring Chaka Khan, Chic, George Benson, Teddy Pendergrass, Sister Sledge and others.
2018 release: 80's Grooves Gems featuring The Time, Chaka Khan, Larry Graham, Karyn White, George Benson and others.
My songs include "Are You For Real" and "S.O.S., Fire In The Sky" by Deodato feat. Camille, both Top 20 Billboard dance hits.
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Now playing... only on Suchow TV:
- Anthony Jackson bass studio w/Dizzy Gillespie
- Richard Bona bass live w/Joe Zawinul
- Marcus Miller bass live w/Miles Davis
- Angela Bofill live w/George Duke & Billy Cobham
- Stevie Wonder unreleased "My Mother's Eyes"
- Nathan East bass rehearsal w/Eric Clapton
- Paul Jackson bass live w/Herbie Hancock
- Jaco & Weather Report unreleased live "Birdland"
- James Jamerson isolated bass "Sugar Pie Honey Bunch"
- Andrew Gouche bass live w/Gladys Knight
- Jaco Pastorius live unaccompanied bass solo
- Ron Carter bass & solo live w/Miles Davis
- Miroslav Vitous live w/Weather Report
- Louis Johnson isolated bass "Strawberry Letter 23"
- Stanley Clarke live bass solo
... and much more!