Press Reviews -"Coming Of Age-MANGAKU

Richard Howell and dawsondancesf  August 24-25  announced

Outstanding radio reviews: Currently #48 on the JazzWeek charts and climbing. This stunning album is being played on radio stations across the globe from South Africa, Luxemburg, London, Germany, Argentina, France, Denmark, U.S.A. and international internet radio and podcast. You can purchase the cd and download on this website, visit the Store


“One of the very special releases of 2018 for me is the new album by Richard Howell and Sudden Changes, “Coming of Age Mangaku”.  Saxophonist and composer Richard Howell, original from the S.F. Bay Area (yeah, we like to claim him!) has always been a “talent deserving wider recognition”.  On his new release, he uses several notable musicians, including the incredible Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah on trumpet and the wonderful Charles McNeal on alto.  The album also features his son Elé on drums.  A record that has one foot in the jazz tradition and the other drawing influence from multiple cultures, I sense a strong African feel throughout.  Highly recommended.” 

Dr. Brad Stone 

Producer, Programmer and Host 

“The Creative Source” 

2017 Bobby Jackson Award (Internet/Non-Terrestrial Programmer of the Year) Winner, JazzWeek 

Advisory Board Member, San Jose Jazz 

Board Member, JaZzLine Institute 

Board Member, Jazz Organ Fellowship 

Formerly Music Director, Faculty Advisor and/or On-Air Host at KSJS, KKUP, KUCI, WQAX. 


Richard Howell's music from the get go was well received by both the DJ's and our listeners at WWSP.  Whenever 

we played cuts from "Coming Of Age-MANGAKU" there would be phone calls from the listeners asking for information. 

The music is fresh and was a no brainer to add to our rotation and on air time. We look forward to future projects at WWSP. 

Russ Haines 

Jazz/World Music Director 

WWSP 90fm 

[Serving Wisconsin] 



RICHARD HOWELL/Coming of Age: Hard driving jazz funk from a cat that feels he's learned his lessons from the masters and is now ready to go out and be a master on his own. Looks like he's right. Zesty, high octane stuff that careens in a delightful but not to reckless fashion. Not a throwback but a reminder of why you should dust off some oldies and remember how sweet it all was when this sound was in flower.  -Chris Spector