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Richard WilliamsSince the late 1960s I’ve written about music for the Melody Maker, the (London) Times, the Independent on Sunday, the Guardian, Down Beat, Jazz Journal, Mojo, the TLS, Granta, Uncut and other publications. A list of the people I’ve most enjoyed interviewing during that time would include Marvin Gaye, Laura Nyro, Booker T Jones, Miles Davis, Curtis Mayfield, Charles Mingus, Brian and Dennis Wilson, Smokey Robinson, Max Roach, Mable John, Steve Cropper, Chet Baker, Isaac Hayes, Mac Rebennack, Phil Spector, Ry Cooder, Bob Marley, Ellie Greenwich, John Lennon, Allen Toussaint, Bruce Springsteen, Stan Getz, Boz Scaggs and Martha Reeves. My books on music include Out of His Head: The Sound of Phil Spector (1972), Bob Dylan: A Man Called Alias (1990), Long Distance Call: Writings on Music (2000) and The Blue Moment: Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue and the Remaking of Modern Music (2009). In November 2014 I began a three-year term as artistic director of the Berlin jazz festival.

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  1. Hello Richard…I’ve just heard that Neil Brockbank has passed away. Very sad indeed. Must be sudden, I guess. A great producer and sound man and no doubt this will hit Nick Lowe particularly hard. Goldtop Studios made some lovely sounds. Here’s a podcast from The Word where he featured…fascinating
    https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/word-podcast/id137323360?mt=2&i=1000372200647
    Luv

    June 1, 2017
  2. Graham Morris #

    Hi Richard

    I wondered if you have any memories of Geri Allen to share?

    By the way, I really enjoy reading everyone of your pieces. Thank you.

    July 6, 2017
    • Thanks, Graham, but I’m afraid I don’t. Wish I had. Others, however, have said wonderful things.

      July 6, 2017
      • Colin Bailey #

        Just play the wonderful album Segments recorded in 1989 with Charlie Haden and Paul Motian.

        July 6, 2017

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