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AL Di MEOLA Interview and Performance

AL Di MEOLA Interview and Performance

May 16, 2021

Award winning guitar virtuoso Al Di Meola visited my home studio for an interview that will be a special treat to guitarists and music lovers. He spoke about how he developed his music, his explorations in sound and his love of Latin music. He also played two beautiful pieces from his (then) new album Flesh on Flesh (2002) live on acoustic guitar. [There is also an amusing moment when we talk of the amazing new development – SATTELITE RADIO!]

This is a unique masterclass from a monster musician and all ‘round nice guy.

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MICHAEL GIBBS Interview 1

MICHAEL GIBBS Interview 1

May 14, 2021

Michael Gibbs is one of the most innovative composers in jazz working with Gary Burton, Joni Mitchell, Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, Whitney Houston, George Martin, Elton John, Sting, Peter Gabriel and John Scofield. He was my composition teacher at the Berklee College of Music (1974-5) and I played in his band (which I named) The Only Chrome Waterfall Orchestra. He is interviewed and his music analyzed  in my book “The Invisible Artist”. I cannot say that his work is influential because his style so unique it is virtually impossible to copy. He is a wonderfully charming fellow, so enjoy our conversation at my studio in London (2010). The studio was in the garden, so the birds you hear were real, not samples.

 

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JOHN THIRKELL Interview

JOHN THIRKELL Interview

May 10, 2021

What a pleasure to introduce you to my friend and colleague for over 40 years, JOHN THIRKELL. Here comes TRUMPET WOW!!!

Why ‘wow’?

Pop: Bruno Mars, David Bowie, George Michael, Pet Shop Boys, Jamiroquoi, Swing Out Sister, Tina Turner, Clapton, Bon Jovi, Phill Collins… Jazz: Ray Charles, Buddy Rich, Phil Collins, “Through the 1980s and early 1990s he was on at least one album in the UK Charts continuously, without a break, for over 13 years. In 2009 he had two consecutive UK No.1 singles (Pixie Lott) was the first person to be inducted into the Musician's Union "Hall of Fame." In 2020 he scored his 25th No.1 (BTS)”

And at the end, we play a beautiful version of “Secret Love” (Fain Webster) ©Alfred Music Publishing

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JIMMIE HASKELL Interview - Part 2

JIMMIE HASKELL Interview - Part 2

May 8, 2021

I’ve never met anyone who I instantly liked as much as Jimmie Haskell. You can tell from the way we’re joking around in this 2002 interview that there was an instant rapport. In my book, “The Invisible Artist” I refer to his “gentle, understated sense of humor”. I ‘got’ him and he liked that I ‘got’ him. And respected him.

Haskell was successful as an arranger and producer from the late 1950’s starting out with Ricky Nelson to working with artists such as Sheryl Crow. His impressive credits include work with Steely Dan, Barbra Streisand, Blondie, Elvis Presley, Tina Turner, Simon & Garfunkel (a Grammy for “Bridge Over Troubled Water”), The Bee Gees, Chicago (another Grammy for “If You Leave Me Now”), Bobbie Gentry (yet another Grammy for “Ballad of Billie Jo”), Bobby Darin, Crosby Stills & Nash, The Doobie Brothers, Jose Feliciano, Laura Nyro, Gladys Knight, Barry Manilow and Michael Jackson. The stats: Grammy Awards (3), Emmy Awards (1 and 4 nominations), composer for 31 feature films, 32 TV movies and 445 TV episodes. Arranger and/or producer for more than 132 gold and platinum hits.

This 2nd Part continues talking about Bobbie Gentry and moves on to stories about Barry Manilow and Burt Bacharach. Haskell explains how his professional attitude and deep musicality enabled him to work on virtually any kind of music. As Arif Mardin told me, “If you’re looking for craft, you have to look to Jimmie Haskell.”

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JIMMIE HASKELL Interview - Part 1

JIMMIE HASKELL Interview - Part 1

May 5, 2021

I’ve never met anyone who I instantly liked as much as Jimmie Haskell. You can tell from the way we’re joking around in this 2002 interview that there was an instant rapport. In my book, “The Invisible Artist” I refer to his “gentle, understated sense of humor”. I ‘got’ him and he liked that I ‘got’ him. And respected him.

Haskell was successful as an arranger and producer from the late 1950’s starting out with Ricky Nelson to working with artists such as Sheryl Crow. His impressive credits include work with Steely Dan, Barbra Streisand, Blondie, Elvis Presley, Tina Turner, Simon & Garfunkel (a Grammy for “Bridge Over Troubled Water”), The Bee Gees, Chicago (another Grammy for “If You Leave Me Now”), Bobbie Gentry (yet another Grammy for “Ballad of Billie Jo”), Bobby Darin, Crosby Stills & Nash, The Doobie Brothers, Jose Feliciano, Laura Nyro, Gladys Knight, Barry Manilow and Michael Jackson. The stats: Grammy Awards (3), Emmy Awards (1 and 4 nominations), composer for 31 feature films, 32 TV movies and 445 TV episodes. Arranger and/or producer for more than 132 gold and platinum hits.

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History of Pop Arranging – Part 3

History of Pop Arranging – Part 3

May 2, 2021

RR listeners will have heard interviews with Jerry Wexler and Arif Mardin and David Van De Pitte. But here’s part 3 of my BBC  series on the contribution of arrangers, to Motown, Stax, Muscle Shoals and more, putting it all in context. With excerpts of some great music the publishers will try to cut out! Listen, enjoy, subscribe. Part 4 next week!

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SNAKE DAVIS Interview

SNAKE DAVIS Interview

April 29, 2021

A masterclass with acclaimed artist, ‘Snake’ Davis. He’s been a featured sax soloist with Ray Charles, Tom Jones, George Michael, M People, Tina Turner, Paul McCartney, Swing Out Sister Clive Griffin and the Pet Shop Boys. I’ve worked with him on many projects since 1987 when he joined BANDZILLA. He has had a constant solo career with his many bands and his “Classic Sax Solos” project. Snake talks about how he developed his uniquely ‘slithering’ trademark saxophone sound in this warm interview between two old friends and colleagues. More info at https://snakedavis.com/

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JERRY WEXLER Interview - Part 3

JERRY WEXLER Interview - Part 3

April 27, 2021

Co-Founder of Atlantic Records. Producer of Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Dusty Springfield, Etta James, Sam & Dave, Dire Straits and Bob Dylan. Inventor of the term ‘Rhythm & Blues’. New York. Memphis. Muscle Shoals. I interviewed Wexler in 2003 for my BBC documentary series “Richard Niles’ History of Pop Arranging” and for my book “The Invisible Artist” (2009). This interview is not only historically important. Wexler enabled and encouraged some of the greatest artists to create their best work. It allows you to hear the thoughts of someone whose unique combination of intellect, soul and humanity made him one of the greatest contributors to the art of music. In Part 1 Wexler talks about his work with Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, Doctor John, and Harold Battiste. Don’t miss Part 2 where Wexler discusses his work at Stax Records with Aretha Franklin and Dylan at Muscle Shoals and Part 3 where he talks about Dusty Springfield in Memphis. Wexler also takes us into his private office at his home in Long Island.

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JERRY WEXLER Interview - Part 2

JERRY WEXLER Interview - Part 2

April 24, 2021

Co-Founder of Atlantic Records. Producer of Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Dusty Springfield, Etta James, Sam & Dave, Dire Straits and Bob Dylan. Inventor of the term ‘Rhythm & Blues’. New York. Memphis. Muscle Shoals. I interviewed Wexler in 2003 for my BBC documentary series “Richard Niles’ History of Pop Arranging” and for my book “The Invisible Artist” (2009). This interview is not only historically important. Wexler enabled and encouraged some of the greatest artists to create their best work. It allows you to hear the thoughts of someone whose unique combination of intellect, soul and humanity made him one of the greatest contributors to the art of music. In Part 1 Wexler talks about his work with Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, Doctor John, and Harold Battiste. Don’t miss Part 2 where Wexler discusses his work at Stax Records with Aretha Franklin and Dylan at Muscle Shoals and Part 3 where he talks about Dusty Springfield in Memphis. Wexler also takes us into his private office at his home in Long Island. Only Radio Richard can give you such amazing content! Please subscribe to our YouTube channel and donate to our podcast.

 

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JERRY WEXLER Interview - Part 1

JERRY WEXLER Interview - Part 1

April 22, 2021

Co-Founder of Atlantic Records. Producer of Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Dusty Springfield, Etta James, Sam & Dave, Dire Straits and Bob Dylan. Inventor of the term ‘Rhythm & Blues’. New York. Memphis. Muscle Shoals. I interviewed Wexler in 2003 for my BBC documentary series “Richard Niles’ History of Pop Arranging” and for my book “The Invisible Artist” (2009). This interview is not only historically important. Wexler enabled and encouraged some of the greatest artists to create their best work. It allows you to hear the thoughts of someone whose unique combination of intellect, soul and humanity made him one of the greatest contributors to the art of music. In Part 1 Wexler talks about his work with Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, Doctor John, and Harold Battiste. Don’t miss Part 2 where Wexler discusses his work at Stax Records with Aretha Franklin and Dylan at Muscle Shoals and Part 3 where he talks about Dusty Springfield in Memphis. Wexler also takes us into his private office at his home in Long Island. Only Radio Richard can give you such amazing content! Please subscribe to our YouTube channel and donate to our podcast.

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