nato il 4.5.1931 a Galveston, TX, Stati Uniti d'America
morto il 5.11.1985 a New York City, NY, Stati Uniti d'America
Richard Williams (musician)
Richard Gene Williams (May 4, 1931 November 4, 1985) was an American jazz trumpeter.
Williams was born in Galveston, Texas, and played tenor saxophone early in his life before picking up trumpet as a teenager. He played in local Texas bands and attended Wiley College, where he majored in music. After serving in the Air Force from 195256, he toured Europe with Lionel Hampton, and upon his return took a master's degree at the Manhattan School of Music.
Williams played with Charles Mingus at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1959, and recorded with Mingus starting in that year. He recorded his only session as a leader, New Horn in Town (1960) for Candid Records, and featuring Reggie Workman, Leo Wright, Richard Wyands, and Bobby Thomas. Williams was a sideman on many releases for Blue Note, Impulse!, New Jazz, Riverside, and Atlantic in the 1960s. Among the musicians he worked with, apart from Mingus, are Oliver Nelson, Grant Green, Lou Donaldson, Yusef Lateef, Gigi Gryce, and Duke Jordan and the big bands of Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Sam Rivers and Clark Terry.
He also found work on Broadway in pit orchestras, in particular the premiere productions of The Me Nobody Knows and The Wiz. He appears on the original Broadway cast recordings of both musicals. Williams also led bands under his own leadership, playing in New York jazz clubs such as Sweet Basil's, the Village Vanguard, and Gerald's. In addition to jazz trumpet, Williams also performed with classical orchestras, playing piccolo trumpet and fluglehorn.
Richard Williams died on November 4, 1985 from kidney cancer in his Jamaica, NY home.
With Ahmed Abdul-Malik
- Sounds of Africa (New Jazz, 1961)
With Jaki Byard
- Out Front! (Prestige, 1964)
With Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
- Trane Whistle (Prestige, 1960)
With Booker Ervin
- Cookin' (Savoy, 1960)
- The In Between (Blue Note, 1968)
With Bill Evans and George Russell
- Living Time (Columbia, 1972)
With Gigi Gryce
- Saying Somethin'! (New Jazz, 1960)
- The Hap'nin's (New Jazz, 1960)
- The Rat Race Blues (New Jazz, 1960)
- Reminiscin' (Mercury, 1960)
With Noah Howard
- Red Star (Boxholder Records, 2001)
With Rahsaan Roland Kirk
- The Roland Kirk Quartet Meets the Benny Golson Orchestra (Mercury, 1964)
- Left & Right (Atlantic, 1968)
- Other Folks Music (Atlantic 1976)
With Yusef Lateef
- The Centaur and the Phoenix (Riverside, 1960)
- Jazz 'Round the World (Impulse!, 1963)
- Live at Pep's (2-CD volumes, Impulse! 1964)
With Jack McDuff
- The Fourth Dimension (Cadet, 1974)
With Charles McPherson
- Today's Man (Mainstream, 1973)
With Charles Mingus
- The Complete Town Hall Concert (Blue Note, 1962 )
- The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (Impulse!, 1963)
- Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus (Impulse!, 1963)
With Mingus Dynasty
- Reincarnation (Soul Note, SN1042, 1982)
With Oliver Nelson
- Screamin' the Blues (New Jazz, NJ 8243, 1960)
With The Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra
- Presenting Thad Jones / Mel Lewis and the Jazz Orchestra (Solid State, 1966)
- Presenting Joe Williams and Thad Jones / Mel Lewis, The Jazz Orchestra (Solid State, 1966)
- Live at the Village Vanguard (Solid State, 1967)
- The Big Band Sound of Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Featuring Miss Ruth Brown (Solid State, 1968)
- Monday Night (Solid State, 1968)
- Central Park North (Solid State, 1969)
With Randy Weston
- Uhuru Afrika (Roulette, 1960)
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