Richard tea

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Richard Tee (born November 24, 1943 in New York City , NY , USA ; † July 21, 1993 there ) was an American pianist, organist and arranger.

Live and act

Richard Tee received a classical music education for twelve years in his youth. a. at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York. After this training, he was hired by Motown Records in Detroit as a "house pianist" and worked his way up to a permanent arranger .

After his return to New York he worked as a studio musician, both on the piano and the Hammond organ a . a. with Bob James , Aretha Franklin , Herbie Mann , Grover Washington Jr. , Roland Kirk , Hank Crawford , James Brown , Peter Gabriel , Chaka Khan or Joe Cocker .

The most famous recordings by Richard Tee come from his long-term collaboration with Paul Simon . Piano parts from Bridge over Troubled Water or Still Crazy After All These Years were played by Richard Tee.

In 1978 he supported Melanie Safka with other jazz rock greats on her album Phonogentic. Not just another pretty face .

In addition to being a studio musician, he was also a live pianist. Richard Tee accompanied z. B. Paul Simon both on his Rhythm-of-the-Saints tour and at the concert in Central Park. Richard Tee also sat at the piano in the Paul Simon Unplugged Band.

His piano style was shaped by R&B , funk and soul music from the 1970s, although he was able to decorate this with a large proportion of gospel, especially in the case of quieter pieces. His very special trademark, however, was an independent Fender Rhodes sound, which he created with the help of a phaser.

Richard Tee died of prostate cancer on July 21, 1993 in the Bronx .

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Wieland Harms: The Unplugged Guitar Book. 20 of the most beautiful songs for acoustic guitar. Gerig Music, ISBN 3-87252-249-3 , p. 20.