Led by acclaimed composer/arranger/guitarist Richard Niles, BANDZILLA is acclaimed a 25-piece jazz-fusion orchestra playing furious funk, sleazy soul, punk jazz and heartfelt ballads. Formed in 1985 to play on Grace Jones' Slave To The Rhythm, BANDZILLA was featured for 10 weeks on the Ruby Wax's first TV series for Channel 4 ('87) and released their first album Blue Movies ('89). Niles & BANDZILLA have since performed and recorded with Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, James Brown, Kylie Minogue, Mariah Carey, Pet Shop Boys, Michael McDonald, Cher, Tina Turner and Deniece Williams.
The new CD, BANDZILLA RISES!!! is an unparalleled event - music that defies definition performed by artists beyond category. Soloists include co-producer John Thirkell (Buddy Rich, Jamiroquai, Bruno Mars), Nigel Hitchcock (Tom Jones, Incognito, Mark Knopfler), Mark Nightingale (Clark Terry, John Dankworth), Brazilian artist Clarice Assad, Steve Hamilton (Billy Cobham, Tommy Smith) and Niles on guitar.
Singers include jazz trumpet icon Randy Brecker (The Brecker Brothers), hitmaker Leo Sayer (16 top 10 hits), Lamont Dozier Jr. (son of the Motown hitmaker), Paola Vera, Julia Suzanna Sokolowska and Niles himself singing songs with “witty, clever lyrics, challenging melodies and a wealth of emotion.” "BANDZILLA is hip to the bone!" (Jazz Weekly) "ABSOLUTELY KNOCKOUT!" (Gary Husband)
NEW for 2018, BANDZILLA has become a tight 8-piece band featuring the hippest players in L.A. and singer Lynne Fiddmont.
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Richard Niles is now working on a new BANDZILLA album - an 8-piece version of BANDZILLA, It will feature new music Niles has been writing in the privacy (or piracy) of his studio, and some intriguing arrangements of well-known songs. It will feature players from all over the world but will also have a more techno element with a lot of groovy new sounds that have been escaping from the studio. Look out!