Doug Richards is an exceptional composer and arranger who deserves much wider recognition. To many people who know him, he's nearly a living legend. Despite his impressive resume, IT'S ALL IN THE GAME is his first release under his own name. The project demonstrates his talent for writing for large jazz ensembles and his artful ability to transform the old and familiar into something new and exciting. IT'S ALL IN THE GAME is a big band CD featuring the Great American Music Ensemble (GAME), made up of some of the top musicians in the mid-Atlantic area, with notable contributions by guest artists Rene Marie, Jon Faddis, and the late Joe Kennedy, Jr.