began playing professionally when he was 14 years old. His first professional band
was called The Snakes, a blues band that featured keyboard whiz
Mandel, who later went on to perform and record with Elton John, Queen,
Pink Floyd and Alice Cooper.
Still in his teens, Rick began touring Ontario in many different
bands playing many different styles. Playing Hard Rock with the
David Matthews Band, (no, not the one that's so popular now)
or playing Dance and Funk with Dancer, which featured
well known Toronto vocalist, Chuck Jackson of Downchild Blues Band. Rick
visited the stages of too many bars across the hinterlands of Canada.
the age of 22, with already eight years in the business, Rick joined with Rick
and Mark Santers to form
Santers, a power rock trio that produced four
albums on the Ready Records label in Canada and several other labels
throughout Europe, the U.S. and Japan.
Santers toured extensively throughout
Canada, the United States and England. Rick has appeared on
first album and on a jazz album by guitarist
Orhan Demir which garnered
exceptional reviews from Option magazine (L.A.), Cadence (N.Y.), and
Downbeat magazine (N.Y.).
In or around 1988, Rick and partner
Darlene Watters put together a straight
ahead Toronto styled hard rock band with
Pete Swann and
Mark Santers. This
impressive line-up displaying the awesome guitar talent of Swann with the
already polished rhythm section of Lazaroff and M. Santers, topped off
with some truly amazing vocals by Ms. Watters, hurricaned through many
clubs in southern Ontario. Not able to generate any serious industry
interest for such a chop oriented band, all decided to part ways to
In the 80's, when computers began
to make the transition from office to music studio, Rick embraced the
opportunity to combine music and technology. Using this tool for
composition he produced some fine original songs with partner,
which are featured on the independently released recording Dancing Off The Deep End released in
the early 90's.
After spending the early part of the 90's working with computers, synths
and samplers, Rick and partner
put together a Jazz Combo under the moniker of Time
Zone concentrating on Jazz & Blues standards
in a mostly acoustic setting. When the mood strikes,
Time Zone can still be seen and heard in bars and bistros around southern
millennium saw the reunion of the Hard Rock trio
were played, and plans were made to record a new CD. And then blah blah
blah they decide to part ways again. Three musicians, three visions of
what is and what shall never be.
That parting was a very late wake-up call for bassist Lazaroff. After many
years of playing other people's material or playing in cover bands, it was
time to do what he wanted to do in the first place; play sublime and
mostly improvised music.
Well, first step was to actually write some.
With that plan in place, Laz sketched out a couple of dozen ideas
from which to expand, expound and extract. And it came to be,
vehicles for improvisation rather than typical song compositions. The
original plan was to compose tunes that nobody would ever want to hear but
what transpired was something that was a bit more conventional, possibly.
Odd time signatures galore, whole tone scales, middle eastern scales, some
industrial noise thrown in and voila! An album, errr CD, ummm project.
With Lazaroff manning the computer mouse, bass
guitars, guitars, drum programming and synths along
with some help from a few comrades, the CD was complete. Groovistico
Ballistico has arrived.
There are no plans for any live performances as of yet but
the stage being the favourite platform for bassist Lazaroff, live shows are a very enticing
platform for the near future.
Stay tuned and thank you for your patience.