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Album Review

Master percussionist and vibraphonist Emil Richards has been on a countless number of studio sessions but has recorded relatively little through the years as a leader. On this highly appealing album Richards (mostly on marimba and vibes) performs an infectious variety of Latin-jazz. Most unusual about the set is that no horns are included. Richards is generally in the lead, utilizing either Michael Lang or Dave Mackay on piano, Al McKibbon or Chuck Domanico on bass, drummer Joe Porcaro and percussionists Luis Conte, Francisco Aguabella and Efrain Toro. Highlights include "Well I Didn't" (based on "Well You Needn't"), "Butter Jug Waltz" (featuring Richards on the percussive "rattle mallets"), Freddie Hubbard's "Little Sunflower" and "Night in Tunisia." This is a very likable set of high-quality Latin-jazz.


Born: 02 September 1932 in Hartford, CT

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

A well-respected studio musician long based in Los Angeles, Emil Richards has been on a countless number of sessions, contributing his vibes mostly anonymously to recordings in all genres of music. He started playing xylophone when he was six and, while still in tenth grade, Richards played with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. After graduating from the Hartt School of Music and Hilliard College (1949-52), he played in an Army band in Japan (working with Toshiko Akiyoshi). Richards later worked with...
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