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Emil Richards

A well-respected studio room musician long located in LA, Emil Richards continues to be on a many periods, contributing his vibes mainly anonymously to recordings in every styles of music. He began playing xylophone when he was six and, while still in tenth quality, Richards used the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. After graduating from the Hartt College of Music and Hilliard University (1949-52), he performed in an Military music group in Japan (dealing with Toshiko Akiyoshi). Richards afterwards caused Charles Mingus, Willie Ruff, Ed Shaughnessy, Ed Thigpen, George Shearing’s Quintet (1956-58), Paul Horn (1960-64), Jimmy Witherspoon, Shorty Rogers and many more. In the early-to-mid 1960’s, Richards co-led the Hindustani Jazz Sextet with Don Ellis, blending jointly Indian music with jazz. He was also an associate of Stan Kenton’s Neophonic Orchestra, the Roger Kellaway Cello Quartet and toured with both Frank Sinatra and Frank Zappa in the 1970’s. Emil Richards, who documented as a head for Impulse (1965-66) and Interworld (two CDs in 1994-95), has over 350 percussion musical instruments and is definitely interested in cultural folk music although he considers his primary influence to become Lionel Hampton.

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