Final Note: Emil Richards

Life Member. Vibraphone/Percussion
9/2/1932 – 12/15/2019

by Stu Goldberg, Life Member

It is with great sadness that I write this remembrance of mallet virtuoso and exotic percussion innovator Emil Richards.

Emil was a rare and unique character — master musician, ethno-musicologist, odd meter specialist, studio maven, Jazz improviser, raconteur and one of the greatest hangs ever. He knew everyone in the music and film biz worth knowing on a first name basis and often shared choice personal anecdotes with wry humor and his patented perfect timing.

Emil was particularly generous to me — in 1985 when I moved my family back to LA, Emil very kindly took me under his wing, introducing me to composers and contractors, offering his invaluable support so I could find a foothold in the L.A. session scene. He also invited me to perform in clubs with him as a member of his jazz quartet with the great Joe Porcaro, fantastic memories!

Thanks Emil for your many gifts to me and to all of us. You will be sorely missed.
Condolences to his family.

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